Royal Netherlands Navy in Operation Atalanta-4

The Royal Netherlands Naval frigate  HNLMS Tromp, the flagship of EU NAVFOR since the August of this year,  and the Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria  also part of EU NAVFOR, came to friendly approach at Sea during their maritime patrolling in the Gulf of Aden.                                                                                                            The Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx of the Royal Netherlands Navy, visited the warship ESPS Santa Maria and delivered a speech in Spanish expressing his gratitude to the Naval crew.

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Force Commander Commodore Luyckx after being welcomed by Commanding Officer, Commander Antonio Posada on board of Santa Maria delivered a speech to the crew. September 5, 2016 © EU NAVFOR


In the same frame of time, the flagship HNLMS Tromp and its Dutch Naval force conducted a training for the port authorities in Puntland, Somalia. The training took place with the presence and support of the Representatives from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC‘. 

Additional: Dutch fast Combat support Ship HNLMS Amsterdam joins EU NAVFOR Task Force.

News from EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta                
News from Royal Netherlands Navy 
News from UK Royal Navy                                 News from Commodore René Luyckx
News from Spanish Navy                                      News from US Naval Forces Europe/Africa

Source: EU NAVFOR 

By Catherine Stella Schmidt (Copyrighted material)