A look at the Defence news 28 August – 3 September

The Netherlands does not advocate a new major European operational headquarters for military missions, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has informed the informal meeting of EU Defence ministers in Vienna. The Netherlands is nonetheless an advocate of further developing the staff, so the EU can also execute small missions.

Apache pilot Roy de Ruiter knighted

Reserve Major Roy de Ruiter was knighted as Knight of the Military Order of William by King Willem-Alexander at the Binnenhof in The Hague. The former Apache pilot was awarded the highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for his actions in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2009.