A look at the Defence news 8 - 17 June
A Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD) has recently returned to the Netherlands after an 81-day mission. This was the longest-running protection mission ever. Due to coronavirus, the heavily armed marines were stuck on cargo vessel BigRoll Bering, which they were protecting from pirates. VPDs normally fly out to a specific area for a number of days or weeks to protect large vessels in the so-called High Risk Area (the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea).