A look at the Defence news 6 – 12 May

Former Chief of Defence Tom Middendorp (ret’d) made a speech on 9 May at the first meeting of the OSCE Structured Dialogue working group at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.

Chief of Defence.
Archive: Middendorp as Chief of Defence in the period June 2012 - October 2017.

He gave his views on the drastically changing global situation and the political shifts currently taking place. He called on member states to show leadership and learn the lessons of history. “So that we can keep Europe and our societies, our people and our families safe in a world that has become less secure.”

Bijleveld and French counterpart want more European cooperation

Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and her French counterpart Florence Parly have signed a letter of intent regarding taking military cooperation in Europe to a higher level. The signing took place at European Air Transport Command at Eindhoven Air Base.

Prince Harry visits The Hague: “See you in a year’s time”

With a cordial “See you in a year’s time”, Prince Harry ushered in the last 366 days leading up to “his” Invictus Games. The One-Year-to-Launch event took place at the Zuiderpark Sports Campus, which from 9 May 2020 will be the main venue of the Games.

NATO members unite against ballistic missile threat

In order to better counter ballistic missiles and other threats from the air, 11 NATO member states are taking part in Exercise Formidable Shield this week. The Royal Netherlands Navy has deployed the air defence and command frigate HNLMS De Ruyter to take part in the missile defence exercise.

Navy commander awarded highest French decoration

Vice Admiral Rob Kramer, the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in Lisbon this week. Kramer was awarded France’s highest honour for enhancing French-Dutch military cooperation, among other things.