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First operational lessons identified with NH90 Naval Frigate Helicopter

25th March 2013 - 16:19 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda

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Early reports show that the Dutch NH90 Naval Frigate Helicopter (NFH), the first of which is currently deployed in support of the EU Naval Force counter-piracy operation Atalanta, is coping well in the maritime environment off the coast of Somalia.

Despite the delay in the delivery of the first Full Operational Capable (FOC) NFH, it was decided to embark a single NFH in its interim Meaningful Operational Capable (MOC) configuration on board the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Ruyter on 20 January.

The helicopter detachment in charge of this first operational mission for the NH90 NFH is manned by a limited

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Pieter Bastiaans

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A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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