Chief of Defence resigns

Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp resigned from his post this evening. He followed the example of Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. She announced her resignation at the end of the parliamentary debate prompted by the report by the Dutch Safety Board on the mortar incident in Mali.

Chief of Defence general Tom Middendorp.

Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp.

Defence’s most senior military officer explained his decision at the Ministry in The Hague. The Chief of Defence’s statement is available for download below.