Navy ship back from pirate mission off Somalia

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A Dutch navy ship that has been fighting pirates off Somalia for the past six months is arriving in the Netherlands later today.

HMS De Zeven Provinciën, an air defence and marine frigate, was part was of NATO mission Ocean Shield. Later today it will dock in Den Helder. Among other things, the vessel prevented a pirate assault on a tanker. NATO coordinates the operations off the African coast with a European Union mission and other initiatives.

HMS Amsterdam, a supply ship, will remain patrolling Somali waters until 10 December. It will then be replaced by HMS De Ruyter, an air defence and marine frigate, which will serve as Ocean Shield's command vessel. Its departure from Holland was delayed due to problems with its engine.

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