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Captain Peter Kortenoeven, the HydrographerCaptain Peter Kortenoeven was born in the village of Zwammerdam on the first of July 1958. After finishing grammar school, he joined the Royal Netherlands Navy as a midshipman at the Royal Netherlands Naval College between 1976 and 1979.
After being commissioned as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy he started as Watch Officer on board several frigates and conducted a personnel exchange programme which led him to take on a position aboard the British Frigate HMS Berwick during 1982 and 1983.
After completing the Principal Warfare Officer course, he specialised in Navigation and was subsequently appointed on the frigate HNLMS Piet Heyn for a 3.5 year tour. After this he became an instructor at the Naval Operations Training Centre in Den Helder followed by a function as head of the simulator training facility.
After completing the Advanced Military Staff Course in 1993 he became the Staff Officer Operations for Netherlands Destroyer squadron. During 1996 – 1997 he was appointed to the Royal Netherlands Navy Materiel Directorate in The Hague. Between 1997 and 2000 Peter Kortenoeven was the Dutch-Belgian Liaison officer at FOST (Flag Officer Sea Training) in Plymouth.
After his return in the Netherlands he took command of the frigate HNLMS Bloys van Treslong and subsequently commanded HNLMS Van Nes which took part in operation 'Active Endeavour' following the attacks on New York in 2001. Between 2002 and 2004 Peter Kortenoeven returned to the United Kingdom once again to be the ACOS N5/N7 of the Commander UK Maritime Forces in Portsmouth.
Late 2004 he returned to the Netherlands to become the last Military Assistant to The Commander In Chief Royal Netherlands Navy. During 2005 - 2009 Kortenoeven was appointed to the Defence Staff as head of the department of military diplomacy and relations management. This was followed by a 2 year appointment to the International Military Staff at the NATO headquarter in Brussels as maritime planner where he focussed on NATO’s Counter Piracy Operations. Since 1 September 2011 he is the Hydrographer for the Royal Netherlands Navy and in September 2012 he was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee of the International Centre for Electronic Nautical Charts (IC-ENC). Since March 2013 he is also Vice Chairman of the Meso American and Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission.
Peter Kortenoeven lives together with his partner, Henrikje Klasen, a German child psychiatrist. They are the proud parents of daughter Jana (born November 2005). As of 2006 Peter, Henrikje and Jana live in Haarlem. Peter's hobby's include sailing, general history, classical music and traveling.