Navy officers take oath at seaPOSTED: 08/31/11 1:15 PM
St. Maarten – Captain-at-sea Ed Veen administered the oath to three new crew members aboard the Hr. Ms. Johan de Witt last Friday. Normally, these ceremonies take place at the home port of Den Helder, but this time the location was the Caribbean Sea.
Because the planned date for the ceremony in Den Helder would make it impossible for the three crew members to join their unit of their first placement, they requested an oath taking ceremony aboard the Johan de Witt.
When officers have finished their training and meet the requirements for a navy officer, they have to take the oath or make the promise. Captain-at-sea Ed Veen read the royal decree and the officers stated their oath or promise.
The Johan de Witt, an amphibious transport vessel, operates currently as the station vessel for the Royal Navy in the Caribbean.