Dutch marines expect that there will be more skirmishes with Iran, should the Dutch government decide to agree to the American request to send a naval ship to the Strait of Hormuz near Iran. Though the Dutch navy is definitely up for the challenge and the risks involved in such a mission are limited, naval experts said to newspaper AD.
Captain Jeanette Morang will be promoted to Commodore on Friday. She is the first woman to receive the highest rank in the Dutch Navy. The Dutch Armed Forces and the Dutch Air Force already appointed women to their highest officer ranks, NOS and RTV Rijnmond report.
The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting three soldiers for their involvement in a fatal diving accident on Curacao in 2015, in which a 23-year-old woman was killed. They are accused of violating service regulations and thereby creating a "life-threatening situation", the Prosecutor announced on Monday.
The soldiers facing prosecution are two men, aged 44 and 51 years, and a 49-year-old woman. They are all members of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
The Dutch navy intercepted over 400 kilograms of cocaine on the Caribbean. The drugs were in packages thrown overboard by a boat sailing under the Venezuelan flag, ANP reports.
The crew of naval vessel Zr. MS. Friesland noticed that the boat's sailing behavior was odd and decided to investigate. When the navy tried to contact the crew, the boat sailed away at high speed.
Navy corporal Iris Homan from Hengelo was found dead in a swimming pool on the island of Curacao on May 21st. Her husband Bart D., also a corporal in the Dutch navy, was arrested. D. is not suspected off murder or manslaughter, "but of a certain negligence that led to her death", a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor on the island said to De Stentor.
The Ministry of Defense acknowledged that the Dutch fleet is struggling under equipment problems, following a report by independent website marineschepen.nl. Four air defense- and command frigates in the Dutch fleet can barely operate due to technical problems, according to the site.
Dutch navy ship Zr. MS. Zeeland intercepted a drug transport of 600 kilograms of cocaine on the Caribbean ocean on Sunday evening. To stop the traffickers, the ship's helicopter had to shoot out the outside motor of the speedboat the smugglers were using, ANP reports.
Three people were arrested. They've been transferred to the authorities on Curacao.
A landing vessel of the Corps Marines got standed on a sandbank during a training exercise just off the coast of Vlissingen on Wednesday evening. The vessel was stuck for several hours, before high tide freed it, Omroep Zeeland reports.
A spokesperson for the Marines told the broadcaster that the stranded vessel had no consequences for the training exercise, which was set to last well into the early hours of Thursday morning.
A wooden statue of Michiel de Ruyter was stolen from the Dutch Navy during the Marine Days in Den Helder this weekend. The statue finally turned up on Texel on Wednesday. It is unclear who was behind the statue's voyage to the West Frisian island, the Telegraaf reports.
Before the statue was found, a Navy spokesperson said that they initially thought it was some kind of bad joke. But the longer the 100 kilogram statue was missing, the less funny it became. "The moment of return has come and gone, so it's definitely not funny anymore", the spokesperson said to Omroep Flevoland.
The Dutch Navy seized a total of nearly 700 kilograms of cocaine in two separate drug busts in the Caribbean in the last 48 hours, Hart van Nederland reports.
During a shooting exercise off the coast of Curacao, Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel received a report of a suspicious small motorboat north of the territorial waters of Colombia. The NH-90 helicopter was deployed to find the motorboat, and Zr. Ms. Van Amstel set sail in its direction.
Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense, feels he should have intervened earlier in cuts to the Defense budget, he said in an interview with NRC. He blames himself for the effects now suffered as a result of the massive budget cuts over the past years.
The Dutch navy is on its way from Curacao to Haiti to offer aid in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, the Ministry of Defense said on Monday. The Dutch will focus on the southwest of the island, which was hit particularly hard by the hurricane last week
Dutch and American soldiers aboard the Dutch navy ship Zr. Ms. Groningen intercepted 2 thousand kilograms of cocaine on the Caribbean, naval commander Rob Verkerk said on Twitter on Saturday. The drugs have a street value of about 140 million euros
Dutch navy frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel rescued another group of asylum seekers on the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, commander Rob Verkerk reports on Twitter.
The Dutch navy ship Zr. Ms. Friesland made the navy's biggest drug bust last weekend and intercepted some 1,400 kilograms of cocaine off the Colombian coast, the Ministry of Defense announced on Friday
Commander Hans Lodder will become new commander of the Dutch Navy in the Caribbean area (CZMCARIB) in 2014, Curacao Chronicle reports Monday.