The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has been the launching customer for eight generations of Damen combatants. As a modern navy, it consistently sets new standards for operational demands on Damen’s combatants, amphibious platforms, logistic support ships and oceangoing patrol vessels. This is for a good reason: to protect national interests worldwide and provide safety and security at and from the sea.
Innovation: the key to export
Our vessels are equipped with advanced technologies, often of Dutch design. Thanks to the close cooperation between the Ministry of Defence and the RNLN, the Dutch naval shipbuilding industry and maritime research institutes, our ships have not only been used for generations within the RNLN, they have also proven to be an excellent export product. The RNLN brought innovation to Damen and we brought innovation to them and subsequently to other navies all over the world.
Ready to take up our role
In a fast-changing world, we need to equip our navy with modern ships, ready to deal with today’s maritime security challenges. Under these demanding circumstances, the RNLN is set to replace a large part of its fleet. In the coming decade, the existing multi-purpose frigates and submarines will reach the end of their lifespan. Damen is ready to take up its role in realising these new ships, and to involve the Dutch naval industry and research institutes. This results in return on investment for the taxpayer and for many other Dutch companies.