Dutch warship Johan De Witt arrived in London today having heading up the Thames this morning.
She’s currently moored at Greenwich close to the Cutty Sark.
Named after a 17th century Dutch politician and republican blamed for ignoring the army in favour of the navy after battles losses, the ship is a landing dock with the ability to carry up to six helicopters.
— Andrew Christy (@AJBC_1) November 10, 2023
In rather less peaceful times, Johan De Witt led an attempted invasion almost reaching Chatham in 1667.
The ship has previously patrolled waters off Somalia protecting shipping against pirates as well as humanitarian work in 2019 after a hurricane hit the Bahamas.
The ship went through substantial upgrade and maintenance up to April 2023.
The Dutch seem fond of trips to Greenwich. In February this year another vessel visited.
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