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Dutch warship returning from Indian Ocean diverts to Ivory Coast

The crew of the Dutch supply ship Hr. Ms Amsterdam which was on its way back after an anti-piracy mission within NATO (Ocean Shield) and European (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) forces will not celebrate Christmas at home , as expected. He received the order to divert to Ivory Coast, at the request of the French government, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has just confirmed. It is in fact France which is responsible for coordinating any action for the security of the citizens of the Member States in the region.

The evacuation of European nationals accelerates

The Amsterdam will thus provide maritime support to the French assets already deployed on site, in particular to supply the ships, and “if necessary, will support security operations” we specify in The Hague.

There are few Dutch people in Ivory Coast: 32 nationals are recorded and 18 have already left the country. The Netherlands is not directly represented in Abidjan. But the Dutch embassy in Ghana dispatched representatives to the Ivorian port of Abidjan to provide consular assistance to its nationals.

The Hr. Ms Amsterdam (A836) is one of the two most modern ships in the Dutch fleet. Weighing 17.060 tonnes and 160 meters long, it travels at 21 knots and can hold around 10.000 cargo (including 9.000 shipping fuel and aircraft diesel). It is equipped with 50 mm guns and 30 mm Goalkeeper, as well as 3 or 4 helicopters (NH 90 or Westland Lynx).

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).