New mine clearance vessels for the Ministry of Defense

March 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – The 12 new mine combat vessels for the Belgian and Dutch navies are being built by a consortium led by the French company Naval Group. Both cabinets today agreed with the Naval Group proposal, which came out best after a European tender led by the Belgians. The decision is a new milestone in the 70-year maritime cooperation between neighboring countries. Today’s mine miners are more than 30 years old and approaching the end of their lifespan. Operationally they are no longer able to cope…

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Netherlands ratifies ship recycling convention

February 20, 2019 – IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling has received another boost. The Netherlands has become the eighth country to become a Party to the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under the treaty, ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling…

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Dutch Cabinet Establishes National NATO Plan

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – The government has today approved the national plan for NATO. It states that the cabinet will determine in the coming spring where extra money will go from the state budget. The intention is, as part of that consideration, to invest extra in Defense. Extra money for Defense is necessary because of the more unstable safety environment. There are more and more complex threats. Europe must also be better able to protect itself and to rely less on the United States. National plan That is…

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Naval Group showcases innovative submarine solutions at NIDV in Rotterdam

November 15, 2018 – On November 15th 2018, Naval Group participates in the 30th edition of NIDV, the Netherlands Industries for Defence & Security exhibition held at Rotterdam AHOY. At NIDV, Naval Group showcases its capabilites and vision to the Dutch industrial partners in the context of the Walrus replacement program as well as cutting-edge concept products. Vision on the Walrus-class replacement program On November 15th 2018, Naval Group participates in the Netherlands Industries for Defence & Security (NIDV) exhibition in Rotterdam at booth N° 2.640. The company outlines its…

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Naval Group Launches Dutch Subsidiary

November 9, 2018 – Naval Group has launched its subsidiary in the Netherlands, Naval Group Netherlands, led by Mark van Rooij, to serve the group’s commitment to establish long-term industrial activities. This Netherlands subsidiary strengthens Naval Group’s global footprint and constitutes a strategic step in the context of future international naval programs. Naval Group is an international high-tech company that designs, builds, and maintains surface ships and submarines whilst providing services for shipyards and naval bases. Naval Group’s new subsidiary represents a pivotal step towards building long-term strategic partnerships with…

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HMBS BAHAMAS Makes Port of Call in Funchal Madeira, Portugal

October 11, 2018 – Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) BAHAMAS made a brief port of call on Wednesday October 10 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal before continuing on her way to Coral Harbour Base. While at the port, Commander Gregory Brown, Commanding Officer HMBS BAHAMAS made a courtesy call on the Portuguese naval officials. Funchal, Madeira Islands is an Overseas Territory of Portugal, which lies over 600 miles north of Western Sahara, Africa. The vessel also refueled before departing the country. HMBS BAHAMAS, a Bahama Class vessel, departed Maaskant Shipyard, Netherlands…

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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Belgium and the Netherlands ratify the purchase of naval vessels

Google Translation The Netherlands and Belgium jointly purchase multipurpose frigates and mine control vessels. On June 8th, Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and her Belgian colleague Steven Vandeput take the next step with the signing of 2 Memoranda of Understanding. This happened in the margins of the 2-day NATO meeting that took place in Brussels since yesterday. The government recently announced that it replaced the M-frigates and mine-fighting vessels. Belgium takes the lead in the purchase of the 12 mine-fighting vessels, of which 6 for the Netherlands, and the associated unmanned systems.…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH17 investigation

The Netherlands and Australia have announced that they hold Russia responsible for its part in the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. I call on Russia to accept responsibility and fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166. Yesterday’s interim report of the ‎Joint Investigation Team on the downing of MH17 concluded that the missile launcher used to shoot down the plane originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk. The downing of MH17…

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Dutch Defence White Paper focusing on a robust, agile military force

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence can once again have confidence in the future. After years of budget cuts, the Defence organization is investing in its people, capabilities and visibility. Personnel will be given the equipment they need to work as effectively and safely as possible. Capabilities will be enhanced by the procurement of new materiel and by the modernization of existing resources. Investments will be made in IT and cyber. The Ministry of Defence will also work more intensively with partners, such as the business community, NATO and the EU.…

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A look at Dutch Defense news 11 – 18 December

25 EU member states are to permanently cooperate on a structural basis with regard to defense and security. This cooperation will take place under the flag of PESCO, which stands for permanent structured cooperation. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs formally established the partnership in Brussels last week. House of Representatives gives the green light for extension of mission The Netherlands’ contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and the NATO mission in Afghanistan are to be extended until the end of 2018. Final F-16s delivered to Jordan…

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