A look at the Defence news 24 – 30 July
The permanent presence of Dutch military personnel at the forward post in Kidal, Mali, has been terminated for the foreseeable future. Around 20 military personnel were stationed at the post. They will continue their operations in an adapted form from the international base in Gao. This measure is necessary because the medical chain in Kidal no longer meets the requirements of the Netherlands.
Chinook drops 400,000 litres of water on fires in Texas
A Dutch Chinook transport helicopter assisted in fighting dozens of large fires near Fort Hood, Texas, where the Royal Netherlands Air Force trains. Even after the helicopter had dropped almost 400,000 litres of water on the blaze, the fires were still not under control. The assistance provided by the Netherlands was at the request of the US authorities.
Prince Harry meets the Netherlands Invictus team
Prince Harry of Great Britain met with the Netherlands Invictus Games team in Amsterdam. In October, the athletes will compete in the international sporting event for wounded and injured servicemen and women in Sydney, Australia. The prince, who served in Afghanistan, is the initiator of the Invictus Games.