Dutch Charter Merchant Ship for Ecosystem Maritime Capacity

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – Defense and shipping company Spliethoff, one of the largest shipping companies in the Netherlands, will work closely together. State Secretary Barbara Visser today visited a ship from Spliethoff in Eemshaven that will transport defense equipment. The collaboration is part of a pilot that should lead to the Ecosystem Maritime Capacity. This partnership revolves around innovation, mutual learning, and staff and material exchange. Defense needs to become more strategic and agile and needs maritime transport capacity. For the national maritime sector, safety and the availability…

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Recognition for maritime mine clearers

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – After the Second World War, mines from the so-called Kathy Mijnen Party helped to clear the Dutch coast from mines. Five of them were given the diving coach and EOD pin today in Den Helder. 4 other veterans could not come to the naval city due to their old age. They receive the awards at home. With the award, the navy still thanks the men for their efforts and dedication in clearing thousands of German sea mines. Among them the so-called Kustenmine A or…

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Combat Support Ship Den Helder Announced

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The navy today not only revealed the appearance, but also the name of the new combat support ship (CSS). It becomes: Zr. Ms. Den Helder. The latest naval ship sailed into the Den Helder harbor today as 3D animation. There was also a sailing model of no less than 8 meters at the Maritime Research Institute (MARIN) in Wageningen. For the first time a warship gets the name Den Helder. “That does justice to the cooperation between the city and the navy”, explained State…

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Dutch Ships Complete US Baltops

Google Translation The major international exercise US Baltops on the Baltic Sea has been completed. The Netherlands participated with a torpedo ship, 3 mine hunters and a hydrographic recording vessel. Approximately 25 ships from 10 countries trained for 2 weeks. This was done first on the basis of a previously announced program. Then followed a tactical phase without a scenario. The previously practiced skills were used to successfully carry out the mission. Strategic importance The mine hunters Makkum and Vlaardingen and the Snellius shooting vessel were part of a task…

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Dutch Have No Ships for Operation Atalanta This Year

This year there is no naval ship participating in the anti-piracy mission Atalanta for the Somali coast. The Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has informed the Lower House today by letter. Problems with the patrol vessels, personnel shortages and other NATO obligations are mentioned as reasons. The Netherlands has been deploying naval vessels since 2009 for the European mission of the Horn of Africa.

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