Brave Reward

Dutch Navy captain Hans Lodder has received a De Ruyter medal.

Lodder received the medal for his part in Operation ATALANTA when the HNLMS Tromp tracked down and disarmed 83 pirates.

The medal is named after Dutch sea hero Michiel de Ruyter, who besides fighting the English, himself combated piracy in the Mediterranean. Since 1907, the medal has been awarded 202 times for great commitment to shipping.

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