- at http://gentleseas.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/netherlands-needs-new-submarines-quickly.html and
- on September 9, 2015 at 11:30 PM at http://gentleseas.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/poland-contemplating-joint-submarine.html I have placed parts into more correct English:
Kevin indicated the Netherlands may prefer to buy submarines from Germany as the German submarines will, at the end of 2015, be under Dutch Admiralty command due to a bilateral agreement outside of NATO or the EU.
He advised that there may possibly be mention of the Dutch (Walrus) submarine replacement program in the Netherland's September 15, 2015 "State of the Kingdom" speech.
He believes it highly unlikely that the Netherlands would want fuel cell AIP because Dutch subs operate without support ships and the hydrogen ingredient of the necessary purity is generally unavailable at ports.
He further states that Dutch submarines can support special forces rather than the Dutch Royal Marine operations.
Wider international naval force command and and structural changes
Netherlands and Germany
The Dutch and German Armed forces are in the process of merging into one common armed force. This is seen as a precursor to a common EU Army.
+ Belgian forces
Belgian warships were placed under Dutch`s Admiralty command in 1996 (officially the so-called BeNeLux Admiralty) once Luxembourg forces are added. They are based at Den Helder (see map) Netherlands.
+ UK Forces
Kevin advised the Dutch and British expeditionary forces (mainly the Royal Marines of both countries – already closely cooperating) are merging and being placed under British naval command/Admiralty.
Kevin's Broader European Alliance Comments