A look at the Defence news 2 – 8 January

4 Dutch F-16 fighter aircraft will monitor the airspace of the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania until the end of April. The Netherlands took over the task from the French air force at the Siauliai military base in Lithuania. A look at the Defence news 2 – 8 January.

The Netherlands monitors the airspace over the Baltic states on a rotational basis together with 16 NATO allies. The Baltic Air Policing mission proves that the member states are working together for the collective defence of NATO territory.

Final helicopter detachment starts operations in Mali

The final Dutch helicopter detachment deployed to Mali has started operations. The detachment currently comprises 3 Chinook transport helicopters. The 4 Apache attack helicopters are no longer operational. 2 of the Apaches have returned to the Netherlands. They were deployed to the UN mission Minusma in Mali for over 2.5 years.

Farewell to veterans icon Ted Meines

“A man of principle, and he behaved accordingly. A man who was fully dedicated to what he considered to be just. A man who also took the lead to change things he didn’t agree with.” These were the words the Inspector-General of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Bart Hoitink, used to describe Lieutenant General (retired) Ted Meines, who passed away on 24 December 2016. Family, friends and loved ones bade their farewells to the ‘father of the veterans’. In addition to having been a resistance fighter, Dutch East Indies veteran and co-founder and chairman of the Veterans Platform Foundation, he was also an honorary citizen of the state of Israel.