A look at te Defence news 3 - 9 June

On 6 June 2019, more than 300 mostly young military personnel and 3 military veterans, who served in the Royal Netherlands Army’s Prinses Irene Brigade 75 years ago, were in Arromanches in France to commemorate the events that took place on D-Day.

Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and the French Secretary of State for Defence Geneviève[MV1] Darieussecq were also present. The Prinses Irene Brigade landed at Arromanches in August 1944. Today, the traditions of the brigade are continued by 17 Armoured Infantry Battalion Prinses Irene Fusilier Guards.  

Apaches grounded owing to fault

The Apache attack helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force are currently grounded as a precautionary measure. All flight schedules were suspended after a fault in the tail rotor was discovered during maintenance. The exact nature of the problem and the possible consequences are currently being assessed. The suspension of flight schedules is standard practice after a fault of this type has been found.

NATO spearhead force tests rapid movement capability

During NATO’s Exercise Noble Jump, a rapid movement involving almost 2,500 Dutch, German and Norwegian military personnel and approximately 1,000 vehicles was successfully conducted. This was an important test for the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), NATO’s spearhead force. The VJTF units assigned to the exercise were ready to move within 48 hours. After the ‘go’, the so-called Spearhead Battalion, the Initial Command Element and support units moved to the military training area in Zagan, Poland. Over the course of 2019, the Netherlands is providing over 2,300 military personnel to the VJTF. NATO is able to deploy its rapid intervention force within 2 to 15 days.  

2019 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days

In 2019, the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days will be held at Volkel Air Base on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June. During the Open Days, there will be various air displays involving Dutch and foreign aircraft, as well as a static show on the ground. The event is as usual open to young and old and free of charge. This year’s theme is "Wij zijn de luchtmacht" [We are the Air Force].