The navy have a problem with technical personnel going to high paid jobs in the oil industry, and are considering to recruit naval officers from other NATO countries, like the UK and the Netherlands. I think the salary would be more than $100.000/ year. The Nansen frigates have nice officer cabins, and should be attractive.
Isn't the RNLN looking to get rid of two of their four planned Holland Class OPV's? Rumors has it that Sweden is looking for two OPV's with similar needs in size
No, they're being kept in service in favour of cuts to arty, tanks and 1 KDC-10. The navy kind of needs them, since it's pretty much a given that at least 1 is going to be deployed as the carribean station ship, one is training, one is in dock, and one ready for other deployments. They are meant to be used for operations where a M frigate be too heavily armed/expensive.
This is a bid odd. Perfectly understandable, though. They've got to augment their forces to suit them somehow.
The Australian Defence Force has in the past often recruited experienced foreign personnel with specific skillsets, usually from the British military but also from a few others, mainly officers in the rank of Capt-Maj (and their air and naval equivalents) and senior NCOs/WOs. This goes on to an extent today.