Published On: Mon, Nov 17th, 2014

Navy wants more partners in Caribbean

Coast GuardWILLEMSTAD - The spectacular joint action between the Dutch and American navies last week, which resulted in an interception of a drug boat, must continue.

The brand new Naval Commander in the Caribbean, Commander Hans Lodder, wants to intensify cooperation in the fight against drugs and weapons with partners like France. But also unexpected partners like Colombia. “There is a limited military presence or Coast Guard on all our neighboring islands. If we act in coordination with each other, we are better able to cope with the tasks in the Caribbean.”

Cooperation can be successful, it proved to be successful between the Dutch and the US Navy. A patrol aircraft of the Coast Guard discovered a suspiciously fast boat, which later was intercepted by the US Hirton helicopter, which is stationed on board of the Dutch patrol vessel Zr. Ms. Holland.

After the two outer engines were disabled with targeted shots, Dutch marines rushed with fast-Frisc dinghy to the boat. 160 kilos of hard drugs were found in total. Three suspects were arrested and handed over to US authorities.

Commander Lodder wants much more concerted action, as he reports in the staff magazine All Hens. “We cannot do it alone in that vast region.”

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