A look at the Defence news 13 – 19 November

HNLMS Makkum has discovered the wreck of a German First World War submarine 8.5 miles off the coast of Barfleur, Normandy. The wreck is believed to be the UC-69, which sank in 1917 following a collision with another German submarine, the U-96.

Steering wheel, periscope and hatch of the sunken submarine.

Steering wheel, periscope and hatch of the sunken submarine.

Europe takes great step forward in defence cooperation

Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra and counterparts from 22 EU member states have committed to permanent structured cooperation, known as PESCO. This commitment will see further defence integration and cooperation become the standard rather than the exception.

Air Force Meteo publishes space weather forecast

The Joint Meteorological Group (JMG) at Woensdrecht Air Base issues a daily space weather forecast, which includes warnings for the use of certain technologies at risk of being disrupted by solar activity. In doing so, the JMG contributes to improved space situational awareness.

Defence pledges significant procurement and expands units

The organisation will prioritise efforts to resolve the problems experienced by intelligence, supply and medical support units. In addition, the ministry aims to resolve the shortages present within the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service, Fire Support Command and the Ground-based Air Defence Command. The number of instructor and training positions within the armed forces will also be increased.