The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNMC) and the German Navy's Sea Battalion have reached the initial operational capability (IOC) to co-operate in certain areas and be deployed together, the German Navy has announced. The IOC was declared at the end of the two-week Exercise 'Northern Coasts 2017' held in the Baltic Sea in September, involving 5,000 personnel from 20 nations.
The German Navy's Sea Battalion participated in the exercise with two platoons from its coastal deployment company and the RNMC with half a platoon from the 2nd Marine Group's 22nd Raiding Squadron, forming mixed Dutch-German teams. After exercising together ashore in Germany and Sweden, the units were supposed to embark on the Royal Netherlands Navy's HNLMS Karel Doorman , but the joint support ship had to be withdrawn from the exercise to deliver emergency aid to the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane 'Irma'.
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