VLISSINGEN – Damen Shipyards is happy with the new Defense white paper that Minister Ank Bijleveld sent to parliament this Monday. In the white paper almost 6.4 billion euros worth of investments are earmarked for the Royal Netherlands Navy.
New defense order may provide the area of Vlissingen with many new jobs, but also other parts of the Netherlands will benefit, confirms Richard Keulen, Director of Naval Sales Support of Damen. “This Defense white paper will have an enormously positive effect, not only on our own employment rates, but also of those of our suppliers and subcontractors.”
As long as the orders have not been placed, it is not possible to name the exact numbers.
Until 2033, the government is planning to invest 12.7 billion euros in modernizing the Dutch armed forces. Half of this investment will go to the Royal Netherlands Navy. Amongst these investments are acquisition of new submarines (over 2.5 billion), firstly a refit and eventually replacement of the Air Defense and Command Frigates (over 2.5 billion), replacement of the M-frigates together with Belgium and the acquisition of a Combat Support Ship.