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Commodore Jeanette Morang

Commodore Jeanette Morang (1965) joined the Royal Netherlands Navy via the Royal Naval College in Den Helder in 1983 and was commissioned as a naval officer in 1986. After her traineeship on board the supply vessel HNLMS Zuiderkruis and the frigate HNLMS Callenburgh, she completed the Advanced Officers Training at the University in Groningen (business administration faculty in 1988).

In her second tour as a watch keeping officer on board HNLMS Callenburgh, she participated in a 6 month deployment with the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT). Upon completion of the Principle Warfare Officers Course, she served as an Air Defence Officer (ADO) on board of the frigate HNLMS Witte de With (1995-1997). In 1997 Witte de With was the flagship of the STANAVFORLANT and she was responsible for the air defence of the force for a period of six months. Previous operational appointments before 1995 include ADO in HNLMS Tromp (1992-1994) and HNLMS van Kinsbergen (1991-1992).

From 1997 to 1999 she assumed her first command on board of the minehunter HNLMS Alkmaar.

From 1999 to 2003 Morang was head of intelligence and operations with the Coastguard for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (CG NA&A). In this position she was, in cooperation with the intelligence and operations department of the Flag Officer Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean, responsible for the collection and validation of information regarding criminal maritime activities, like smuggling of people and drugs, in the area of interest of the CG NA&A. She was also involved in the actual deployment of forces (ships, aeroplanes and helicopters) in investigating, monitoring and interdiction activities in close cooperation with local law enforcement entities and international partners in the region like UK Customs, the DEA and the US Coastguard.

Following her posting in the Caribbean, she was stationed at the Naval Staff in The Hague for two years. Among other things, she was an adviser on coastguard issues. After completing the Advanced Staff Course (2006-2007), she served as an Executive Officer on board the Air Defence and Command Frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provincien. In January 2007 she assumed command of the sistership, HNLMS De Ruyter until July 2008. In this period De Ruyter participated in the maritime task group of UNIFIL off the coast of Lebanon for five months.

On completion of her command, she returned to The Hague and served on the CHOD's staff, as the account manager for the Navy in the Directorate of Operational Readiness until 2012. After one year of mentoring and teaching at de Advanced Staff Course, she was promoted to Captain and stationed with the Operations and Plans Division of the International Military Staff in NATO HQ as staff officer maritime plans and operations and chairman of the Military Committee Working Group Operations Maritime.

After returning home in 2016, she worked as a Branch Head in the Directorate of Operational Readiness at the MoD in The Hague. In 2017, she completed the Senior Executive Course. On 14 June 2019, she was promoted to Commodore and subsequently assumed the position of DCOS OPS/COM SURF at NATO's Maritime Command in Northwood.

Jeanette Morang has a 17 year old son Filip, who just finished high school.

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