The naming ceremony and transfer of the Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB) Hydrograaf of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has taken place at Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH).
The 16m-long ESB will provide up-to-date information about the soil conditions and the situation below the waterline in places where that insight is required. With this information, the RNLN supports expeditionary maritime operations and provides an environment in which ships can navigate safely.
The ESB can independently perform hydrographic surveys under tactical conditions at a greater distance from the mother ship. It is a fully fledged platform that is comparable to a hydrographic survey vessel.
The design and construction of the Hydrograaf was realised in close collaboration between the Dutch Material Organisation and DSDH.
Expeditionary Survey Boat named at Damen Shipyards Den Helder