A look at the Defence news 11 – 17 November

State Secretary for Defence Barbara Visser was in the US to learn more about the latest developments within the F35 programme. She kicked off her trip with a visit to aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. The rest of the three-day visit took place in Washington DC and included visits to the Pentagon, the Joint Program Office and Arlington military cemetery.

Bijleveld: time for the next step in EU-NATO cooperation

At the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Defence in Brussels this week, Netherlands Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten called for increased cooperation between the European Union and NATO, stating that the threats to our security are increasingly complex, diverse and unpredictable and therefore warrant a further increase in EU-NATO cooperation.

Navy ship returns home after NATO operation

Royal Netherlands Navy ship HNLMS Van Speijk has returned to its home port of Den Helder. For the past 3 months, the ship contributed to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, one of NATO’s four permanent maritime response forces.