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Dutch MoD announces sale of Joint Support Ship

18th September 2013 - 11:32 GMT | by Joyce de Thouars in London

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The Royal Netherlands Navy’s Joint Support Ship (JSS) Karel Doorman will be sold before commissioning and replaced by a smaller and cheaper supply ship as part of wider defence budget cuts, it has emerged.

The 2014 Dutch government budget, released on 17 September, announced €348 million in savings on top of the earlier announced €1 billion budget cuts. 

JSS Karel Doorman was designed for the transport of heavy weapons systems, Chinook helicopters for implementation of the ship-to-objective-manoeuvre (STOM) concept, and the replenishment of ships. 

After the Dutch MoD phased out Leopard 2 A6 tanks in 2011 as part of defence

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Joyce holds a MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College London. Before she …

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