Navy commander Borsboom visits St. Maarten on Friday

POSTED: 10/3/12 1:13 PM

St. Maarten – Vice-Admiral Mathieu Borsboom, the commander of the Dutch navy visits St. Maarten on Friday. He will meet with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, and pay a visit to the port and to the Coast Guard Support center in Simpson Bay.
Borsboom (1959) also served on the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan where he was deployed in 2008. He became deputy chief of staff for stability in Kabul and reported directly to Isaf-Commander General Stanley A. McChrystal. Borsboom was responsible for supporting elections in the country.

On January 22, 2010, Borsboom succeeded Rob Zuiderwijk as the navy’s commander. He completed his training at the Royal Institute for the Navy in 1981 and was among others the commander of the commander of Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes and Hr. Ms. Van Speijk.
“The navy is made by people,” Borsboom said when he took command in 2010. “The people of the fleet, the marines and the civil employees are doing the work. They contribute to our maritime safety and to the safety at sea. I will work for the heart of the Navy command: the integral, flexible capacity of fleet and marine units.”
While no details have been released about the reason for the Vice-Admiral’s visit, it stands to reason to expect that he will discuss the establishment of a naval base in St. Maarten with Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.

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