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The Netherlands will deploy a ... submarine against pirates

SubmarineBruinvis-Nl020605.jpg(BRUSSELS2) It’s very official…. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the Netherlands will deploy a submarine to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia. THE
Ministers of Defense, Eimert van Middelkoop, and Foreign Affairs, Maxime Verhagen, sent a letter to the Second Chamber to announce that this ship would participate in the NATO operation “Ocean Shield” from September to November 2010.

Objective of this deployment: to perfect the surveillance of units in the operational zone, and to ensure the complement with helicopters or maritime patrol planes. That's the official objective. We can also consider that this submarine will have a vocation for more sustained (and discreet) surveillance of pirate ports or the various movements of suspicious ships, or even to provide support in the event of an assault to recover a boat captured by pirates. .

Cost of this deployment: 2,3 million euros, paid from the “crisis management” budget.

Note: the Netherlands will also deploy a frigate: theHNLMS Trump, from March to June 2011, as well as the frigates By Zeven Provinciën and HNMLS De Ruyter for the European operation Atalanta (planning is underway).

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).