Dutch West Indian Guard Ship enters port tomorrow

POSTED: 11/9/11 12:59 AM

St. Maarten – The current West Indian Guard Ship of The Royal Netherlands Navy and Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) is will enter the port of St Maarten today after firing a traditional gun salute to the Flag of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the Governor of St Maarten drs Eugene Holiday.

The ceremonial entry will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Fort Amsterdam, in between Great and Little Bay. Deputy Commander Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean Captain Jeroen van Zaalen of the Royal Netherlands Navy will join the governor at the welcome of the multi-purpose frigate.
HNLMS Van Amstel is no stranger to the area. Just last year she completed a four month tour as West Indian Guard Ship. And in 1995 the Van Amstel came to the aid of St Maarten after hurricane Luis struck the island.

The Royal Netherlands Navy regularly deploys ships to the Caribbean to combat the trafficking of illegal substances and to deter other criminal activities at sea. Ships are furthermore equipped to conduct disaster relief operations, to provide humanitarian assistance after a hurricane strike or earthquake.

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