An Ilyushin II-76 transport plane took off from Leeuwarden Air Base yesterday towards Djibouti. On board was a replacement Lynx helicopter for the Netherlands Navy frigate Hr. Ms. Tromp.
The previous helicopter for this naval ship was captured in Libya on 27th February along with its crew of three, when they were attempting to evacuate two Dutch nationals being held against their will. - see HeliHub.com story Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured.
While those two people were then handed over to the Dutch embassy in Tripoli, the Lynx crew were held on suspicions of espionage until they too were released - HeliHub.com story of 12th March refers - Libya Crisis – Dutch trio freed
What we are seeing now is that the original Lynx, serial 277, is stuck in Libya and the frigate Tromp is without an air support capability - which has in turn now been rectified.
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