A look at the Defence news 29 January – 4 February

In a move to support ground troops, Dutch F-16s have attacked ISIS targets, including buildings, positions, a headquarters and a storage depot. The attacks took place near Ar Ramadi and Abu Kamal in the Deir al-Zour province in eastern Syria. The fighter aicraft assisted ground troops in 12 missions, some over the Iraqi provinces of Ninawa and Al Anbar. Weapons were deployed in 6 of the missions. This is reported in the weekly review of Defence operations (24-30 January).

The Netherlands has offered assistance to Indonesia in the onsite investigation of the missing wrecks of warships HNLMS De Ruyter, HNLMS Java and HNLMS Kortenaer. This investigation is needed partly to determine whether there is a link between the human remains reported by the media and the missing shipwrecks.

Marines protect merchant shipping for the 250th time

Marines have protected a merchant ship against pirates for the 250th time. These vessel protection detachments protect Dutch ships as they transit dangerous areas, such as the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa off Somalia.