Joint Diving Expedition between Malaysia and the Netherlands off the Coast of Tioman Island

A team of underwater survey experts and researchers from the Netherlands and Malaysia conducted a joint expedition to the sites of two Royal Netherlands Navy World War II shipwrecks off Tioman Island from 28 June to 7 July 2019. The team from the Netherlands was led by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science), in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense (Royal Netherlands Navy) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Dutch Embassy in Kuala Lumpur).

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Vrouwelijke marinier staat op het punt om vanaf een schip een blad met witte bloemen in zee te gooien
A commemoration ceremony was held during the expedition at the wreck sites in honour of those who lost their lives while serving on board these submarines, 41 crew from the O-16 and 36 crew from the K-XVII.