HNLMS Evertsen Heads for Suez Canal

This morning, 31 May, NATO Standing Maritime Group 1 flagship, HNLMS Evertsen, left Turkish territorial waters and is now heading towards the Suez Canal. HNLMS Evertsen is scheduled to take over command of Operation Ocean Shield on 7 June 2012.

While in Turkey, the group conducted two port visits in Istanbul and in Aksaz. The Istanbul port visit was an opportunity to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Dutch-Turkish trade agreement. During the last week, HNLMS Evertsen also conducted a counter piracy exercise to prepare for its forthcoming role in Ocean Shield.

Naval Today Staff , May 31, 2012