Navy Ship Groningen to the Caribbean
WILLEMSTAD - The navy ship sr. ms. Groningen will set sail late this week to the Caribbean. This means that the deployment to the Mediterranean to help the refugees at sea will not continue.
This was originally the intention after the mission against piracy in African waters. The patrol vessel has now been deployed for four months in the waters around Curaçao, St. Maarten, Aruba, Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. The Dutch armed forces takes care of the defensive duties for these islands.
Groningen is used for monitoring the border area of the overseas territories. It is also used, together with the deployment of US teams, to combat drug trafficking. The crew is prepared for further assistance in natural disasters such as hurricanes and environmental offenses. The hurricane season begins on June 1.
For the mission in the West the crew of the ship will be equipped with an NH90 helicopter and a team from the Marine Corps. US Coast Guard together with a local coastguard team are also expected to be aboard the ship.
The recently appointed commander of the Groningen captain Lieutenant Hugo Sinke expects Groningen to return to the Netherlands late September / early October.