A look at the Defence news 27 November – 2 December
Dutch F-16s supported ground troops during 9 missions in the fight against ISIS, in 3 of which force was used. The aircraft came into action above the Syrian province of Deir al Zour. This was reported in the weekly review of Defence operations (21-27 November).
1 German-Netherlands Corps ready for NATO rapid response force
The German-Dutch army corps recently completed a command post exercise. This took place near Lillehammer, Norway during exercise Trident Juncture. This means the unit is now certified as Land Component Command for the NATO Response Force 2019.
German-Dutch integration like a matryoshka doll
“The world is changing. And we are all striving to improve our readiness to face current and future threats, whilst taking into account the principles of national sovereignty. One way of doing this is through deep integration.” Netherlands Chief of Defence Admiral Rob Bauer spoke these words as 1 of the Dutch speakers at the Berlin Security Conference.
Netherlands Minister of Defence meets with new Belgian counterpart
Several topics were discussed during the first meeting of the Netherlands Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld with her Belgian counterpart Sander Loones. The ministers also signed a contract for the sale of radar systems to Belgium.