|The drone on the helicopter deck of HNLMS Van Amstel.|
June 8, 2016 - HNLMS Van Amstel used a drone to inspect overcrowded migrant boats. The multipurpose frigate sails at the moment on the Mediterranean for the European border security agency Frontex.
After an initial inspection by the drone of Van Amstel RHIB motor boats can approach the migrant boats safer. Van Amstel with no onboard helicopter. The hangar and helicopter deck serve to absorb any migrants. The drone, just on the market, does so anyway aerial surveillance possible.
The ship is live watch join the filming. The unmanned reconnaissance aircraft also photographs. Film and photo images are stored for further analysis.
HNLMS Van Amstel captured by the drone. On the helicopter shows the emergency toilets for refugees.
Van Amstel captured by the drone. On the helicopter shows the emergency toilets for refugees.
The drone can also be useful during (hurricane) relief operations, evacuation or elevated threat during port visits. It is a safe and inexpensive way to get an overview of a situation quickly without the need to own crew venture into potentially dangerous situations.
The drone during the task Frontex tested, the experience fed back to the Maritime Warfare Center in Den Helder.
Photos are official Dutch Navy