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MoU between Netherlands and Sri Lanka to explore facilities for On-board Security Teams

MoU between Netherlands and Sri Lanka to explore facilities for On-board Security Teams

[May 16 2017]

The Netherlands Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sri Lankan Government on provision of services to the Netherlands Merchant Vessel Protection Detachments (VPDs) operating in the Indian Ocean, during a ceremony held at the ministry premises on Tuesday (16th May 2017).

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence together with the Netherlands Ambassador in Sri Lanka Her Excellency Joanne Doornewaard inked the MoU representing the two governments.

Last year's Galle Dialogue paved the way for the MoU signing as the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Vice Admiral Rob Verkerk requested assistance for Dutch Marines on embarking/disembarking and storage of small arms at Galle since they are providing onboard security to the Netherlands Merchant Vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.

With the successful completion of discussion Sri Lanka Navy also offered an Asymmetric Warfare Course to two Dutch marines at the Special Boat Squadron in Trincomalee.

This is the first ever MoU being signed between Sri Lankan Government and a foreign country with regard to the facilitation of Onboard Security Team (OBST) operations. These teams are specialized in providing affordable security solutions for vessels operating in high risk waters and provide security training, risk consulting and security planning for the maritime community.

Under the directions of the President, Sri Lanka Navy undertook the facilitation of OBST operations which has assisted to increase the capital of the government.

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