A look at the Defence news 8 – 14 August

“We are working closely with our NATO partners to ensure the protection of Alliance territory. The enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Lithuania is a fine example of our joint efforts in this regard.”

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte.
Prime Minister Rutte meets Dutch troops in Lithuania.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte was speaking on Friday 11 August in Rukla, Lithuania, where he was visiting Dutch troops. “The cooperation with Lithuania, lead nation Germany and the other participants in the multinational battle group is excellent. I saw that for myself today.”

Over 200 Dutch troops are currently stationed in the Baltic state. They are part of a battle group that also includes Belgian, Luxembourg and Norwegian service members. The unit under German command is part of NATO’s eFP in the Baltic states.

Rutte and Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp had breakfast with soldiers of 42nd Battalion, Limburgse Jagers (42BLJ). The service members discussed their experiences with the prime minister.