The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) is preparing for participation in the NATO Response Force (NRF) by conducting amphibious landing training off the coast of Spain as part of Trident Juncture 2015 military training exercise. The amphibious training starts on October 19.

The Netherlands will command an amphibious task force during the exercise, consisting of an international maritime staff aboard the Dutch amphibious transport Zr. Ms. Johan de Witt (L801). The Netherlands’ 1300 participants include an amphibious task group consisting of navy, army and air force units. Participating vessels include the frigate Zr. Ms. Tromp (F803) and the hydrographic survey vessel Zr. Ms. Snellius (A802). The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has a KDC-10 aircraft from Italy contributing to the air-to-air refueling capability.

The overall exercise involves 36,000 personnel from more than 30 nations, and takes place throughout Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, Canada, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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