The UK Government has announced that the Netherlands is participating in the upcoming UK Carrier Strike Group (CSG) maiden operational deployment.

The Netherlands is contributing its De Zeven Provinciën-class guided missile frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805) for the duration of the deployment.

It will join a detachment of US Marine Corps F35 Lightning II jets and the US Navy’s Flight I Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68).

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The Netherlands’ participation adds another dimension to this UK sovereign deployment. Our Nato, JEF and European Ally’s commitment signals the Carrier Strike Group’s contribution to collective defence and credible deterrence.

“This joint deployment will offer a unique opportunity for our forces to integrate and operate together in support of truly shared global defence and security challenges.”

HNLMS Evertsen is the fourth warship of the class that was commissioned in June 2005.

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The Dutch Navy air defence frigate is equipped with weapons and sensors and will protect the CSG from hostile aircraft and missile threats. In addition, air missions will be controlled from its operations room.

The inaugural UK sovereign deployment will be carried out from the North Atlantic, through to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and on to the Indo-Pacific.

The CSG will undertake a range of operations and training with allies and partners, including maritime missions with Nato in the Mediterranean and Coalition operations in the Middle East.

Netherlands Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten said: “The UK is a strategic partner and important Nato ally of the Netherlands, also post-Brexit. Participation in the Carrier Strike Group enables the Royal Netherlands Navy to provide a valuable contribution to the Nato alliance in the near future.

“The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have worked together intensively for years. This new combined activity underlines our close ties.”