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Netherlands Deploys First Ocean-Going Patrol Vessel Against Somali Pirates


The Royal Netherlands Navy is deploying the Zr. Ms. Groningen ocean-going patrol vessel (OPV) to the Somali coast to participate in the European Union's Operation Atalanta counter-piracy mission. It is the first time one of the Netherlands' four OPVs is being deployed in the counter-piracy role.

Dutch Ministry of Defense archive photo

For this four-month mission, the Groningen's 50 crew members are being reinforced by a Royal Netherlands Marine enhanced boarding element, an NH90 helicopter, a medical team and language specialists, bringing the total to 98 personnel.

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