Groningen Intercepts 470 Kilos of Cocaine

August 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – On July 30, 2019, HNLMS Groningen intercepted 470 kilos of cocaine north of Aruba. The crew of a coast guard aircraft, a Dash-8, discovered a suspicious boat. Sr. Ms Groningen was warned and the NH90 maritime combat helicopter forced the vessel to stop. The drugs and those on board were taken on board and handed over to the coastguard authorities the next morning. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship serves as a station ship and acts during drug…

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Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. While operating from Rabaul LADS will undertake hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all vessels. The survey will focus on the complex coastal passages at the northern end of New Ireland where Kavieng is the provisional capital. This work will help to identify passages…

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