The Royal Netherlands Naval frigate HNLMS Tromp, the flagship of EU NAVFOR since the August of this year, and the Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria also part of EU NAVFOR, came to friendly approach at Sea during their maritime patrolling in the Gulf of Aden. The Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx of the Royal Netherlands Navy, visited the warship ESPS Santa Maria and delivered a speech in Spanish expressing his gratitude to the Naval crew.
Force Commander Commodore Luyckx after being welcomed by Commanding Officer, Commander Antonio Posada on board of Santa Maria delivered a speech to the crew. September 5, 2016 © EU NAVFOR
In the same frame of time, the flagship HNLMS Tromp and its Dutch Naval force conducted a training for the port authorities in Puntland, Somalia. The training took place with the presence and support of the Representatives from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime ‘UNODC‘.
Additional: Dutch fast Combat support Ship HNLMS Amsterdam joins EU NAVFOR.
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Source: EU NAVFOR