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Toptob

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Hydrografisch onderzoeksvaartuig 'Hydrograaf' in dienst gesteld

Nieuw hydrografisch vaartuig voor marine

New Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB) was commissioned in Den Helder. The "Hydrograaf" is a 15.70m (51.5ft) 22 tonnes expeditionary hydrographic survey vessel that is meant to operate from one of the LPD's which can carry it in one of their davits.

In the second link they claim that she can operate away from the mothership for 72 hours over a distance of 100 miles with a crew of 4. They don't list the equipment but they claim she has the same hydrographic equipment as larger vessels: "Het is een klein platform, maar het heeft dezelfde geavanceerde apparatuur aan boord als de veel grotere hydrografisch vaartuigen."
 

Sandhi Yudha

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Hydrografisch onderzoeksvaartuig 'Hydrograaf' in dienst gesteld

Nieuw hydrografisch vaartuig voor marine

New Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB) was commissioned in Den Helder. The "Hydrograaf" is a 15.70m (51.5ft) 22 tonnes expeditionary hydrographic survey vessel that is meant to operate from one of the LPD's which can carry it in one of their davits.

In the second link they claim that she can operate away from the mothership for 72 hours over a distance of 100 miles with a crew of 4. They don't list the equipment but they claim she has the same hydrographic equipment as larger vessels: "Het is een klein platform, maar het heeft dezelfde geavanceerde apparatuur aan boord als de veel grotere hydrografisch vaartuigen."
Thank you for sharing.
Quite impressive that they can install all the necessary equipment in such a small ship, with just 4 crewmembers on board.
 

Toptob

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Yeah, I don't know how true that is @Sandhi Yudha ... Maybe they're processing the data on the mother ship or maybe they're overstating the capability. But it is a step in the direction of dispersing capabilities across smaller platforms like minesweeping and ASW. This boat is meant to provide hydrographic support to amphibious operations, but she'll also be useful in humanitarian and disaster relief.
 

kato

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The equipment isn't much of a problem, the mission to me sounds similar to the Survey Motor Boats the South African Navy recently bought - which are smaller. The Dutch also aren't buying a single-provider survey suite package either though, but have been shopping around for individual systems which might make it a bit less integrated.

The specifications size-wise for the Dutch vessels exactly match a LCVP Mk 5. A bit notably the size also means they'll be too big to be carried on the LARS davits of the new MCMVs (rated for the 12m Inspector 125 USVs at 18 tons maximum).
 

Toptob

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Eerste vernieuwde fregat werkt toe naar groot examen

Interesting article about ZrMs De Zeven Provincien nearing the end of her upgrade work and working up towards international BMD exercises later this year. The article describes some of the changes and upgrades that have been made to the Bridge and the CMS. They seem to be keen to test what the new SMART-L MM/N radar is capable of, the article cites claims that they have a range of 2000 km for BMD!
 

StingrayOZ

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Did they ever acquire the SM-3 missiles? Or are they looking at a tracking exercise during and american shoot?
 

Toptob

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HNLMS Evertsen to join UK taskgroup to Japan - Navies Worldwide

It was announced that ZrMs Evertsen will be accompanying HMS Queen Elizabeth all the way to Japan, traveling through the South China Sea with her taskgroup later this year. Earlier it was looking like the government was backing out of this and the plan was to do a port visit in Indonesia before accompanying the QE back through the Indian Ocean. But the navy has announced that they will accompany QE to Japan, and while not confirming that they will travel through the SCS the spokesman did mention that the taskgroup would adhere to "afspraken rond de vrijheid van de zee" (agreements surrounding freedom of navigation). So although a definite route has not been disclosed this does indicate that QE and an international taskgroup with the Evertsen and at least an American Destroyer and maybe an Australian ship will be traversing the South China Sea later this year!
 

spoz

The Bunker Group
Probably more than one Australian. Earlier reports have hinted although not of course stated, that an Australian TG might join up with QE at some point. Given our membership with Japan of the Quadrilateral agreement and previous involvement in passages through the SCS, it would not be surprising if they joined up at Singas or indeed somewhere in the IO.
 

Toptob

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Yes, they're getting pretty old! But they've been run hard for decades doing a lot of covert missions. These are some pretty important boats, most important politicians also know this. So they've been taken care of pretty well and hopefully they'll get a worthy successor.

One thing is certain though. At the moment they're less troublesome than the patrol boats;

Vervanger van Zr.Ms. Groningen kampt ook met defect

ZrMs Holland is reportedly having technical problems with an exhaust gasket that needs to be replaced. Holland was supposed to leave for the West on April 9th to replace the damaged ZrMs Groningen as the station ship in the Caribbean, but the navy is now unsure if they're going to make that date.

Holland was still working up when her orders changed to replace Groningen as the other two patrol ships are either in maintenance (ZrMs Zeeland) or waiting for maintenance (ZrMs Friesland).
 

Sandhi Yudha

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If im not wrong it is a creation from France, and a couple of months ago it was already tested by the Royal Navy....

Found. But ive to find out where this stuff come from.
That French thing was a hoverboard btw, so i was wrong.

Edit
It seems to be from the UK.
Her a video with a second test.
 
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Toptob

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Personeelstekort: Zr.Ms. Van Speijk tegen de kant

Nog een marineschip tegen de kant: Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt blijft na zomer in de haven

The Dutch navy is deactivating the M-Class frigate ZrMs Van Speijk (F828) citing a lack of budget and personnel. The crew shortage is so dire that the crew often had to substitute for crew on other ships, indicating that there is few or no crew available aside from those already on active duty. The biggest shortfalls are with technical crew, which is no surprise since in the Netherlands a tradesman can get far better working conditions than the navy can afford to offer. Due to budget shortfalls Van Speijk's maintenance has also been pushed back to 2023 as part of emergency measures to cover a 75 million dollar shortfall. In an interview with the commander it became clear that Van Speijk had been operating at lower readiness (100 crew instead of 160) for the last year.

In the second article it is reported that the LPD and command ship ZrMs Johan de Witt (L801) will also be held back from service and spend the foreseeable future pier-side. If the normal schedule is kept she should go into maintenance sometime in 2022, until then she'll be in Den Helder with a skeleton crew. Mothballing Johan de Witt was not part of the above mentioned emergency measures and seems to be a more recent decision.

These deactivations are not unique in the Dutch navy. In december the minehunter ZrMs Urk was deactivated early and is awaiting her decommissioning later this year. And when ZrMs Groningen had to return from the West with technical problems, there was no direct replacement because one of the OPV's was in port because there was no crew available for her.

Earlier this year the combined leadership of defense spoke out about the dire situation of our defense apparatus. Of course they did because there's no official government right now and they got to complain without hurting any politician or bureaucrats feelings. But defense is pretty much a laughing stock in the Netherlands after scandals where we found out that soldiers had to say "pang" in training because ammunition shortages or how two soldiers died because they where using old and defective mortar shells.
 
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