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.  

Head of training at Lieutenant Colonel Abdelkader police school thanks the graduates: "I am sure this knowledge and skills will assist you with all challenges in the field."

Hoofd opleidingen van de politieschool luitenant-kolonel Abdelkader bedankt de geslaagden: “Ik weet zeker dat deze kennis en vaardigheden u zullen bijstaan bij alle uitdagingen in het terrein.”

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.