Consequences for the NavySo yes, the Dutch will loose 2 OPV's, but they will have 2 more OPV's than they have now. Most likely customer for these 2 OPV's: Oman.The JSS (or big honking ship if you're Canadian) has survived the budgets cuts, but 2 AORs will disappear. One was already heading out anyway, because it's 35 years old and with the current size of the Dutch Navy, we just do not need 2 supply ships.Anyone thinking that HNLMS Amsterdam would be kept when the JSS would be ready was delirious. Biggest problem is that the Netherlands will have to do a year without any resupply ship.Customers: for HNLMS Zuiderkruis it's probably the scrapheap, or we give her away to Pakistan, who operate her sister vessel. HNLMS Amsterdam was commissioned in 1995 so has plenty of life left. Canada is looking at the Spanish Patino class as a possible replacement for their aging Protecteur class, they might be interested, since the ships are sisters. They were the result of a cooperation between Spanish BAZAN and Dutch NEVESBU.The biggest reduction in numbers is with the MCM vessels (from 10 to 6). With 6 we're at the minimum number of vessels needed. The North Sea is still riddled with unexploded ordinance, but truth be told, most are found by fishers in their nets and not the Dutch Navy.Consequence of this cut is that there are not enough vessels to permanently have one available for international missions, like Libya where HNLMS Haarlem is out minehunting after the French discovered Libyan vessels laying mines. Customers: most likely Eastern European countries.So the end result is: from 27 major surface ships to 24. That's way better than I was expecting. If measured by gross tonnage, whe're talking negligible differences. It's less than 1,000 tons on a 100,000+ ton Navy.
U.S.S. Atka stands off Crater Hill on McMurdo Sound in mid-March; she kept channels open for evacuation of the last summer residents
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