HMS Berwick (F115) and Hr. Ms. Zeeland (D809) in North Sea, Operation Matchmaker, 1967

The British frigate Berwick F-115 (l) and Dutch destroyer Zeeland D-809 (r) in the North Sea in March 1967. A joint maritime task force was tested under the name Matchmaker by the NATO from 1965 to 1967. Troops from the Netherlands, the USA, Great Britain and Germany did participate. The Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL) emerged from Matchmaker, which was an precursor of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1). Photographer: Egon Steiner. Copyright: Egon Steiner/dpa/Corbis

HMS Berwick (F115) was a Rothesay or Type 12I class anti-submarine frigate built by Harland & Wolff and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 1 June 1961. She served for 24-years before finally paying off in 1985. In August 1986, Berwick was sunk as target by the submarine HMS Tireless.

Hr. Ms. Zeeland (D809) was a Holland-class (Hollandklasse) destroyer built by Royal Schelde and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy (Koninklijke Marine) on 1 May 1955. She paid off in 1979 after 24-years service.

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