The coast guard keeps an eye on the sea
The first Belgian NH90-helicopter NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) made its maiden flight on April 5th 2013 in Donauwörth (Germany). During that first flight the crew tested the basic systems of the helicopter that is to replace the Sea King. The NH90 weighs 11 tons and is the most modern helicopter in its class. The current version of the NFH, in the configuration full operational capability, resembles strongly that of the Dutch Royal Navy.
The ministry of Defense ordered eight NH90: four TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) and four NFH. The TTH helicopters will execute transport and liaison missions. The NFH helicopters will support maritime operations. For example, they can take off from a frigate of help with rescue operations at sea.
In total, fourteen countries haven ordered 529 such helicopters.