On board HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën the Maltese Special Duties Enhanced Boarding Team (MSDEBT) works hard to maintain their skills by conducting regular training.
Before the deployment started, the MSDEBT visited the Royal Netherlands Navy base in Den Helder to train on the ship with the onboard teams.
But also during deployment training does not stop: shooting, fast-rope exercises and the cooperation with the Dutch ship’s search and guard teams are on the training-plan. The MSDEBT adds frequent exercises with the ship’s medical department to maintain their medical capabilities.
Of course, physical training is also essential – as a bonus, the MSDEBT gives cross-fit classes for the whole ship’s company on the flight-deck whenever there is an opportunity.
The MSDEBT embarked the Dutch Frigate during its port visit to the Republic of Malta on the way to the EU Naval Force area of operation in May. They will remain embarked in HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën for her full tour as part of EU Naval Force.
Press Release, July 02, 2014; Image: EU NAVFOR