A look at the Defence news 3 – 8 October

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have set up a temporary multinational coordination cell. The purpose of this cooperation is the efficient deployment of air and sea transport assets for the delivery of relief supplies to the Windward Islands in the wake of the recent hurricanes.

Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp has resigned from his post. 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.

Klaas Dijkhoff succeeds Hennis as Minister of Defence. Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer is the new Chief of Defence.

Royal Netherlands Navy disaster relief in Dominica comes to an end

HNLMS Zeeland and HNLMS Pelikaan have ended their emergency assistance to the Windward Island of Dominica. Both RNLN vessels had been deployed to provide disaster relief to the Windward Islands following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.