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Dutch navy ship helps to rescue training yacht with 16 people on board off Iona
Apr 27 2012 - A volunteer lifeboat spent 10 hours at sea and travelled 100 miles to rescue a training yacht with 16 people on board, the RNLI has said. The Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey lifeboat from Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull, launched at 10am on Thursday to aid the 70ft training vessel which was struggling in rough seas off the Isle of Iona. The RNLI said the propeller and rudder of the yacht had become stuck in lobster creel ropes. When the lifeboat arrived at the scene the Royal Netherlands Navy warship FRIESLAND was already assisting the training vessel. The Tobermory lifeboat managed to pass a tow to the yacht bringing it into the wind and enabling it to be cut free from the creel ropes. RNLI also thanked the crew of the Dutch warship Friesland for their assistance in the rescue.
Netherlands Navy's third OPV begins sea trial
The Royal Netherlands Navy's third oceangoing patrol vessel (OPV) has begun sea acceptance trials in the Black Sea, Brahmand.com reports. The ship, FRIESLAND, built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, left the company's shipyard at Galati, Romania on September 27 to enter the sea. During the 10-day extensive sea trials, which would be conducted by staff of Damen Shipyards Galati and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Vlissingen in the presence of Defence Material Organisation and the Netherlands Navy Command, the OPV will be subjected to extensive testing, the shipbuilder said. The FRIESLAND is the third ship in the Holland class of four OPVs being built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The 108-meter long, flexibly deployable patrol ships, with a crew of 50, are designed to conduct multiple missions, including anti-piracy missions, counter-drug operations and coastal guard tasks in The Netherlands as well as the Caribbean. The FRIESLAND will be handed over to the Defence Material Organisation in February of 2012, the shipyard said. Source: http://brahmand.com/news/Netherlands-Navys-third-OPV-begins-sea-trial/8177/3/13.htmlNews schreiben