British warships HMS Albion, HMS Dragon and RFA Lyme Bay met up with HNLMS Johan de Witt and HNLMS Rotterdam.
The Royal Navy say that HMS Albion is leading the Littoral Response Group accompanied by destroyer HMS Dragon and amphibious support ship RFA Lyme Bay.
Adhering to strict COVID-19 precautions, Albion also welcomed Commander of the Netherlands Maritime Force, Commodore Ad van de Sande, onboard.
Lieutenant Commander Peter Schilt, a Dutch exchange officer aboard HMS Albion, was quoted by the Royal Navy as saying:
“This meeting was extremely important and demonstrates the good relations and long and strong bonds between our navies. Both Navies have proven through joint exercises and operations that we are reliable and capable to meet threat challenges together.”
Albion is leading an experimental deployment to “test tech, tactics and concepts which will help forge the Royal Marines’ Future Commando Force and the ships, helicopters and craft which carry them into battle”.
In addition, the force is working with NATO and the UK’s friends and allies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region. Additionally, The Royal Netherlands Navy is on its Mediterranean Archer 2020 deployment. Similar to the Littoral Response Group mission, its aim is to test and train amphibious warfare skills alongside supporting NATO allies and partners.