A look at the Defence news 7 – 13 September

The NH90-helicopter that crashed into the sea in the Caribbean on 19 July has been recovered.

Het schip Volantis.
Image: Damen Shiprepair Curaçao.
Ship Volantis, used by the Maritime Capacity Allianc.

Other news: the Netherlands plans to replace its current medium-range air defence missiles and launchers, and the Royal Netherlands Navy has intercepted 455 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean.


The NH90 helicopter that crashed into the sea in the Caribbean on 19 July has been recovered. The Maritime Capacity Alliance carried out the salvage operation with the help of the vessel Volantis and an underwater robot. This civil-military team was made up of helicopter technicians from the Netherlands defence organisation and civilian recovery specialists. When the NH90 crashed into the sea, its tail piece broke off. The aircraft was therefore recovered in 2 parts. The tail piece and the hull are now being shipped to the Netherlands. The Defence Safety Inspectorate will examine them as part of their investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Medium-range air defence

This year, Defence will start with the Replacement of Medium Range Air Defence project. Medium-range air defence missiles (up to 50 kilometres) and launchers play an essential role in ground-based air defence and thus the protection of units, buildings and installations, as well as areas. Medium Range Air Defence protects against attacks from aircraft, helicopters, large unmanned aircraft systems and cruise missiles.

Pakketten drugs op het scheepsdek.
455 kilos of cocaine.

455 kilos of cocaine

Last week, HNLMS Groningen forced a go-fast boat to stop west of the island of Aruba. It turned out that the boat had 455 kilos of cocaine on board. The boat was discovered on a well-known smuggling route in the Caribbean. The 3 people on board, the drugs and 2 firearms were handed over to an American coastguard ship.