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Dutch Warship Escorts Russian Submarine Through North Sea

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The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock (LPD) Zr. Ms. Johan de Witt escorted a new Russian Kilo class submarine through the Netherlands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the North Sea Aug. 19, the Dutch Ministry of Defense reported.

The LPD was supported by a Dornier 228-212 patrol aircraft of the Dutch Coast Guard.

The Russian sub left the EEZ on the night of Aug. 18.

Ships do not require authorization to enter the EEZ, but the RNLN keeps a ship on permanent standby in the port of Den Helder for direct deployment into the North Sea.

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