MARIN opened a dedicated Defence Department in July, which combines all of its defence-related expertise in one central location. The aim is to properly coordinate defence activities MARIN-wide, with Dutch, NATO and EU partners, to optimally contribute MARIN's vast knowledge and experience to an effective navy of the future.
Pepijn de Jong was Team Lead Navy and now as Defence Department Manager he is heading up the new and growing department. He explains why MARIN decided to create a dedicated department. ‘We wanted to change the organisation to better help the defence sector both nationally and internationally, and this also fits in with our mission and strategy. The Royal Netherlands Navy was one of the founders of MARIN, so we have been involved in defence research from its foundation.’
Pepijn de Jong
With new facilities such as the Zero Emission Lab and the Seven Ocean Simulator centre, fresh opportunities are being created to support the Royal Netherlands Navy, defence partner organisations and the wider defence market with applied research aimed at this optimal operational deployment, Pepijn emphasises. ‘With the new Defence Department, we are an unambiguous point of contact that is well prepared for the specific challenges of the Royal Netherlands Navy and within the broader defence sector.’