A look at the Defence news 11 – 17 September

Next year, Netherlands military personnel will again be actively involved in the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, the international fight against ISIS and the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The Dutch contribution to these 3 missions will be extended to the end of 2018.

Relief aid for Sint Maarten

In the past week, the focus was once again on relief aid for Sint Maarten. A hundred military engineers left for the island, which was heavily affected by hurricane Irma. They will assist in taking emergency measures. Dutch military personnel also assisted in the distribution of food supplies by the Red Cross. They provided security and took care of the streamlining of the queues, so relief organisations could do their work safely.

Wet but successful Market Garden commemorations

Thousands of visitors attended the annual commemorations of the Market Garden airborne landings on the Ginkelse Heide in Ede, in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Around 30 veterans well over the age of 90 were the guests of honour at the 73rd annual commemorations, including paratroopers and pilots from Canada, Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Poland.