Dutch JSS Karel Doorman sails for coronavirus relief mission
HNLMS Karel Doorman, from the Royal Netherlands Navy, set sails for the Caribbean this morning. The Dutch Ministry of Defense has tasked the Joint Logistic Support Ship to support civilian authorities in fighting COVID-19 if the situation demands it.
The JSS vessel departed the naval base of Den Helder for an initial 3 month period. The Dutch islands located there will be able to rely on a versatile and rapidly deployable capacity as soon as it reaches the Caribbean Waters.
The vessel may serve as a base, too. For example, landing staff and equipment quickly helping local authorities maintain public order. The Karel Doorman also has medical facilities in non-COVID-related emergency care to support the local healthcare.
2 Helicopters transporting cougar are deployed aboard the JSS. They can be used for transportation and medical evacuations. The vessel was also deployed with medical teams: one with surgical capacity, and the other for basic shore care. Army and navy drones may provide an assessment of the situation in the area.
The Dutch MoD already supports maritime units, such as maritime border surveillance and law enforcement, by local authorities. On request, the Karel Doorman will provide additional support on-site. Holland-class OPV HNLMS Zeeland is already on-site and helps the islands as well.
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