Royal Netherlands Navy Ready for Hurricane Season
The Royal Netherlands Navy is on standby again to provide emergency assistance in the event of hurricanes, according to Dutch Defense Ministry.
The Atlantic hurricane season, which began on 1st June, is the period when hurricanes usually form in the Atlantic Ocean. There have been several storms over the past years that have not been fully tropical, being categorized as subtropical depressions and subtropical storms.
One of the Navy’s main tasks in the Caribbean is providing support to the authorities in the event of a hurricane or other emergency situations.
The emergency aid detachment starts assessing the situation immediately after a hurricane so as to be able to provide necessary aid as soon as possible.
If necessary, the emergency aid detachment will be augmented by the ships HNLMS Pelikaan and the guard ship HNLMS Holland.
Naval Today Staff, June 5, 2013; Image: Defensie