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The Netherlands extends involvement in fighting piracy

The Netherlands is to participate in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia for another eighteen months.

The cabinet made this decision on the recommendation of foreign minister Uri Rosenthal and defence minister Hans Hillen. From the beginning of September this year to the end of December next year, four naval vessels and a submarine will be deployed in EU and NATO operations. The Netherlands has been contributing to the fight against piracy off Somalia since 2008.

The Netherlands wants to see more results in the fight against piracy. In the EU and NATO it has pressed for more robust action, including more proactive measures such as sabotage. The UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg have now backed the Dutch initiative.

The Netherlands’ military contribution to combating piracy will cover the period from September 2011 to December 2012. The HNLMS Zuiderkruis and HNLMS Van Amstel will be deployed from September 2011 to November 2011 and from April to May 2012 respectively as part of the EU Operation Atalanta. From May 2012 to December 2012, the HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Evertsen will be deployed successively as part of the NATO Operation Ocean Shield. In the spring of 2012 a submarine will be deployed to gather intelligence as part of Ocean Shield.