The JSS vessel departed Den Helder naval base for an initial period of 3 months. As soon as it reaches the Caribbean waters, the Dutch islands located there will be able to rely on a versatile and quickly deployable capacity. For example, Karel Doorman can assist with logistics support so that the islanders receive food. In addition, the vessel can support the coastguard with maritime border surveillance if desired. The vessel can also serve as a base. For example, landing personnel and equipment quickly to support the local authorities in maintaining public order. The Karel Doorman also has medical facilities to support the local health care in non-COVID-related emergency care.
2 Cougar transport helicopters are deployed aboard the JSS. They may be used for medical transport and medical evacuations. The ship also deployed with medical teams: 1 with surgical capacity, the other for basic shore care. Drones from the army and navy may provide situation assessment in the area. Marine units are part of this deployment, along with their vehicles and landing craft, providing a transport capacity in the area. If necessary, an additional marines unit may be flown in. The ship even has a hurricane emergency kit with it.
The Dutch MoD is already supporting local authorities with maritime units, such as maritime border surveillance and law enforcement. The Karel Doorman will provide extra support on site when requested. Holland-class OPV HNLMS Zeeland is already on location and is also helping the islands.
France and the United Kingdom each have deployed a naval vessel to the area as well, for similar mission. The French Navy has deployed Mistral-class LHD Dixmude while the Royal Navy has deployed RFA Argus. A coordination cell has been set up with these countries in Martinique (French territory) to cooperate when necessary. For example, the Karel Doorman can supply these ships with fuel.