Dutch and Belgium fleets search for financial balance

The Dutch navy has also drastically reduced its resources. While the maritime patrol force was disbanded in 2005 (the 13 P-3C Oriens were sold to Germany and Portugal), it was able to renew its helicopter fleet with 20 NH90s, including 12 combat ASMs. these machines, delivered between 2011 and 2016, succeeded the Lynx, which was decommissioned in 2012.

The underwater component, once threatened, will eventually be preserved and regenerated. Four walruses, commissioned between 1990 and 1994, are being modernized to extend their lifespan by 25 to 35 years. The Netherlands then requested input from international industrialists to select designs for four new submarines. Due to the Dutch strategic interests in the Caribbean, these ships are expected to enter service from 2027 and must have maritime capacities.

In the area of surface combat units, the Dutch navy was enriched with four new offshore patrol boats in 2012 and 2013. Belongs to the Netherlands. On the other hand, in addition to the four recent LCF/NLF-class anti-aircraft fighters (2002-2005), two M-class anti-submarine ships of 1993 and 1995 are no longer present, but have been seriously modernized. Van Speijk and Van Amstel will be replaced in the next ten years by a joint project with Belgium between 2010 and 2014, two units of the same series, Leopold I (ex-Karel Dorman) and Louise Marie (ex-Willem van der Jaan) , delivered to the Dutch navy in 1991. and transferred to the Belgian Navy in 2007 and 2008. The future Belgian-Dutch warships, with a displacement of 4,000 to 5,000 tons, will be ordered in 2018. Delivery from 2023.

Although the navies of the two countries will work closely together in terms of operation and maintenance, the modernization program, which was signed in 2016 in a memorandum of understanding between the two governments, also includes a mine replacement program. It will be operated by Belgium (area dedicated to warships controlled by the Netherlands).

The author: Michel THEYS

Michel Theys, a Belgian native, began his career as a civil servant, serving the public for several decades. After retirement, he shifted gears to follow his passion for journalism. With a background in public administration, Theys brought a unique perspective to his reporting. His insightful articles, covering a wide array of topics, swiftly gained recognition. Today, Michel Theys is a respected journalist known for his balanced and thoughtful reporting in the Belgian media landscape.

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