Defense Will Soon Have Its Own Roll-On Roll-Off Ship
(Source: Netherlands Ministry of Defense; issued Jan 13, 2022)
Defense will be leasing a medium Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ship for the next 10 years. The military organization thus has strategic sea transport available on a permanent basis. The contract with the shipping company has been signed. The ship will be available by May at the latest.

This will enable the Netherlands to meet commitments to deploy certain units quickly. Think of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), also known as the flash force.

Until now, the Ministry of Defense hired ships on an incidental basis. However, this is becoming increasingly expensive and difficult due to increasing scarcity on the commercial international shipping market.

In order to guarantee it will have the required sea transport capacity, it has therefore been decided to lease a RoRo for 10 years. It is used not only to deploy military units, but also to support exercises.

For example, the ship can simultaneously transport 200 containers and 300 vehicles with an average length of 6 meters.

Defense will allow partner countries to use the ship, if desired. This is then done for a fee. Use by third parties will be managed through the Movement Coordination Center Europe.

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