A look at the Defence news 9 – 15 March
Additional personnel from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will patrol the borders between Greece and Turkey from 11 March. By doing so, the Netherlands is providing Greece with additional support, as requested by Frontex, in dealing with the migration approach. This support is needed because the external borders of the European Union are under increasing pressure and the Greek asylum system has come to a standstill.
Impact of COVID-19 on exercises and missions
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected exercises and missions of the Netherlands armed forces. The part of international exercise Defender Europe taking place in our country, for example, has been changed, with the movement of British and American units through the Netherlands being cancelled. NATO winter exercise Cold Response, with Dutch contribution by HNLMS Johan de Witt, has been halted. At the request of the Iraqi and Kurdish authorities, the Dutch training mission in Iraq has been put on hold as a preventive measure. Frisian Flag, one of the largest air defence exercises in Europe will not take place.