The 46th edition of the World Port Days attracted around 400,000 visitors last weekend. They saw numerous demonstrations in the port of Rotterdam, including the Royal Netherlands Navy. It was well represented with several ships and many activities along the quay in Rotterdam.

Visitors were able to board the Air Defense and Command Frigate HNLMS De Ruyter and the minehunter HNLMS Zierikzee under supervision. But also the hydrographer HNLMS Snellius and the diving vessel Cerberus were in the harbor.

In addition, a marine village had traditionally been built on the Parkkade. Through displays and interactive booths, visitors got a glimpse into the world of the Marine Corps. There were also several vehicles to view.

Of course, the Navy also gave the necessary demonstrations. They were not only on land and in water, but also in the air. The NH90 maritime attack helicopter was also in the port city. Among other things, the public was shown how to deal with drug smuggling and how to detect an enemy submarine. The Air Force further surprised the attendees with a fly-by of 5 F-35s.

Commander Naval Forces Vice Admiral Rene Tas spoke to numerous visitors and colleagues in Rotterdam. “This is a great event where once again the importance of the free sea and the Dutch maritime sector can be seen,” he said.