A look at the Defence news 9 – 13 October
Document fraud, migration flows and legislation: these were the subjects that Royal Netherlands Marechaussee instructors recently taught during 2 weeks of border control training at the police academy in Niamey, the capital of Niger. After completion of the training course, 260 Nigerien policemen were awarded a certificate.
Netherlands purchases additional F-35 fighters
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence is set to purchase an additional 9 F-35 fighters. State Secretary for Defence Barbara Visser sent a letter to that effect to the House of Representatives last week. The total number of Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s will consequently rise to 46.
Large American troop movements through the Netherlands
Over the coming weeks, 2 large US Army units will be on the move through the Netherlands. The movements involve 5,200 military personnel, 85 Abrams battle tanks, 58 helicopters and hundreds of other vehicles and items of equipment. Scores of Dutch military personnel are on hand to support the movements.
Marechaussee hands over FIEP presidency to Morocco
The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee handed over the FIEP presidency to Morocco at the recent FIEP meeting in Noordwijk. FIEP is an association of 19 police forces with military status.