The German Navy’s Sea Battalion practiced large-scale non-combatant evacuation operations from the Baltic port of Rostock with the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) joint support ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman at the beginning of the month, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 6 September. This marks the intensification of the battalion’s co-operation with the RNLN, according to the ministry.
The exercise scenario involved evacuating citizens by sea from a fictional conflict area or because of a terrorist threat. The German Sea Battalion conducted an amphibious landing to evacuate civilians to the Karel Doorman.
The exercise had previously only taken place on land, supported by helicopters.
Karel Doorman’s commander Captain Sim Schot stressed the importance of co-operation with Germany in the lead-up to the Netherlands taking over the lead of the NATO Response Force’s amphibious task group in 2020.
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