DEN HELDER: The Dutch Navy patrol ship Zr. Ms. Holland is on her way to the Caribbean from Den Helder, the Netherlands. The ship is expected to arrive on May 26, through a ceremonial entry into Curaçao.
During her time in the Caribbean, the crew’s focus will be on operations against terrorism, drug and weapons trafficking among other areas. The operations take place in collaboration with partners such as the Caribbean Coast Guard and the American Joint Interagency Task Force South.
Zr. Ms. Holland was the last station ship in the Caribbean in the spring of 2018. This is an Ocean-going Patrol Vessel (OPV) and has an NH90 maritime combat helicopter on board.
At the end of December 2020, the previous station ship Zr. Ms. Groningen went back to the Netherlands due to technical problems. Prior to that, the ship’s crew intercepted thousands of kilos of drugs, among other things.
The Department of Defence has four Holland-class patrol ships. These are flexibly deployable ships for the surveillance of coastal waters.