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That's good to hear. Last I heard they were barely serviceable due to lack of parts. They worked but if something broke, well it might very well have stayed broke.
The JSS vessel departed Den Helder naval base for an initial period of 3 months. As soon as it reaches the Caribbean waters, the Dutch islands located there will be able to rely on a versatile and quickly deployable capacity. For example, Karel Doorman can assist with logistics support so that the islanders receive food. In addition, the vessel can support the coastguard with maritime border surveillance if desired. The vessel can also serve as a base. For example, landing personnel and equipment quickly to support the local authorities in maintaining public order. The Karel Doorman also has medical facilities to support the local health care in non-COVID-related emergency care.
2 Cougar transport helicopters are deployed aboard the JSS. They may be used for medical transport and medical evacuations. The ship also deployed with medical teams: 1 with surgical capacity, the other for basic shore care. Drones from the army and navy may provide situation assessment in the area. Marine units are part of this deployment, along with their vehicles and landing craft, providing a transport capacity in the area. If necessary, an additional marines unit may be flown in. The ship even has a hurricane emergency kit with it.
Karel Doorman said:Sad news a Dutch NH-90 helicopter crashed yesterday near Aruba,killing it's pilot and tactical officer.
R.I.P For the deceased.
Karel Doorman said:Here's an interesting piece about the A-26,also explains a bit about the Walrus replacement programme:
Underway said:The article mentions that the new Walrus design from Damen/Saab is larger then the A26 design because it's supposed to be an expeditionary submarine. Any details on that? This may be a contender for a RCN replacement with the Australian submarine program.