Launched in December 2008 under auspices of the European Common Security and Defence Policy, EU NAVFOR in Operation Atalanta is the first European Union Naval Force for countering the Piracy threats in the western Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa covering 4,700,000 square nautical miles.
A view to the Naval history delineates that particularly from 17th century onward–British Royal Navy, the Royal Navy of the Netherlands along with la France, in a permanent and consistent paradigm have maintained the enduring supremacy at Sea, while interlacing their ancient puissance to the presence time.
Since 2009, the Royal Netherlands Navy has been an important part of EU NAVFOR– holding a crucial role in Operation Atalanta, not only for deploying its Naval troops yet also by providing the Flagships for the operation. Its Naval warship, HNLMS Johan de Witt since 2010 has been routinely in the Indian Ocean as the operational HQ at Sea for many Force Commanders– and the long term Flagship for the operation.
The HNLMS Johan De Witt, seemingly an ordinary Naval Vessel commissioned to live with the waves– yet has proved its life beyond that …… The white Ship of Den Helder, with its extraordinary mode of speed and maneuver, has held many predominant historical occasions from Marines para jump, to the Military medal ceremony and as the host to the numerous historical convene, like the one which took place in October 2013 between the three Force Commanders from EU NAVFOR, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), and the NATO Operation Ocean Shield on its board to confirm their operational joint efforts.
Force Commander Combined Maritime Forces, Commodore Jeremy Blunden (leftt) the Force Commander from EU Naval Force, Commodore Peter Lenselink (centre) and Force Commander from NATO, Commodore Henning Amundsen (right) on board of the EU Naval Force Flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt. October 7, 2013 © EU NAVFOR
The last time that the HNLMS Johan De Witt was missioned as the EU NAVFOR Flagship was in May 2015, under the Command of Commodore Luyckx, the current Force Commander. While the Royal Netherlands Naval leadership will continue to be as often in the EU NAVFOR– the return of its white Ship, the HNLMS Johan De Witt, with its legend will be also on the affirmative side.
- Additional: HNLMS Johan de Witt, successfully conducted a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with the Royal Australian Naval supply Ship HMAS.
- EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS Johan de Witt carries out Search and Rescue Exercise with teams from the Seychelles and EUCAP Nestor.
Source: EU NAVFOR. Image-1 the EU Naval Force Flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt August 8, 2013 © EU NAVFOR
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