This month, the Dutch navy air defense and command frigate HNLMS Evertsen participated in the Sea Shield NATO exercise in the Black Sea. HNLMS Evertsen is the flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) as part of the Immediate NATO Response Force (NRF) of NATO. The embarked NATO staff, led by the Dutch Commodore Boudewijn Boots, are controlling this important NATO exercise on the Black Sea. Also naval vessels from Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Canada took part in this mission.
Ongoing militarization by the Russian Federation of the Black Sea area requires an immediate operational response capability both in peacetime and in crisis. With SNMG-2 NATO demonstrates the Alliance’s resolve and solidarity, as well as the possibility to enhance its relations with partner nations through visits, exercises and exchanges in the volatile Black Sea region.
HNLMS Evertsen (F805) is built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. Evertsen is the fourth frigate from The Zeven Provincien Class of the Royal Netherlands Navy and was commissioned in June 2005. Damen and the Royal Netherlands Navy have closely cooperated with the US government and US companies to maximize the combat capability of the ship with proven weapon systems. The Combat System of HNLMS Evertsen comprises Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile systems and MK 46 torpedoes. All this is supported by state-of-the-art radar and fire control systems from Thales Netherlands. The Netherlands is proud of Damen’s experience and high quality ships which are being built since 15 years in Galati. HNLMS Evertsen presents an excellent example of the kind of navy vessels Damen is capable to produce.
Many of these systems are also incorporated in the Damen proposal for the Multifunctional Corvette Program for the Romanian Navy and the refit of the two Romanian Type 22 frigates.
Damen has built many other navy and coastguard vessels at its Romanian shipyard in Galati. Since 2002 29 Defense and Security Vessels (valued 2 Billion Euro) have been built in Galati for countries like United Kingdom, Sweden, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. These vessels include Amphibious and Transport Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, Multipurpose Vessels, Hydrographic Research Vessels and Training Vessels.
Just recently a Fishery Research Vessel was delivered to the authorities of Angola and the construction of the very complex, 24.000 ton – 156 m, Antarctic Supply Research Vessel for Australia is well underway with a delivery date in 2020.
Since July 2018, Damen began operational control of the shipyard now known as Damen Shipyards Mangalia, a joint venture with the Romanian Government. The yard, located on the Black Sea, is the largest in the Damen portfolio of 36 shipyards around the world and brings with it the capabilities for the Damen Group to construct even larger complex vessels.
Damen Shipyards Group recently signed a contract with Oslo, Norway-based SeaDream Yacht Club. The contract marks a historic moment, being Damen’s first for a cruise ship. SeaDream will operate the 155-metre Mega Yacht on luxury voyages all over the world. The Mega Yacht for SeaDream will be completely constructed and outfitted, including the interior, at the Damen Mangalia yard, working in partnership with leading suppliers to the cruise industry. Damen will commence construction of the vessel in October this year, with a scheduled delivery date of September 2021.