On Wednesday, May 21 at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) Yard in Vlissingen Oost, the Netherlands, an evacuation test deployment of a Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) 20m MES and 100-person capacity self-righting liferaft was conducted from the new Royal Netherlands Navy Joint Support Ship, HLNMS Karel Doorman.
The deployment exercise involved the evacuation of 100 Royal Netherlands Navy personnel. The simulated evacuation training exercise was timed and the full 100 person complement was evacuated in less than 5 minutes.
HNLMS Karel Doorman is the sixth Royal Netherlands Navy vessel to have LSA MES installed. LSA MES is also installed on LPD vessel, HNLMS Johan de Witt along with the four Holland Class Offshore Patrol vessels. All vessels were constructed at DSNS Vlissingen.
According to the manufacturer, LSA MES is suitable for all types and sizes of passenger and personnel carrying vessels.