After a 4 month-deployment in the Caribbean, the Netherlands Navy’s multi-purpose Frigate HNLMS Van Amstel arrived to Den Helder on September 23.
The ship has been deployed on anti-drug operations and coastguard duties in the Caribbean.
Working in collaboration with an American Law Enforcement Detachment, the Dutch Navy vessels conducted anti-drug tasks in the Caribbean. The boarding team had access to a helicopter to intercept drug traffickers in fast boats.
During the four-month deployment Van Amstel has implemented several boarding missions on suspicious vessels and thereby contributed to the disruption of drug trafficking routes.
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