A look at the Defence news 18 - 24 May
During an exercise over the North Sea, a Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 refuelled an U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. This had never been done before.
A silence louder than words at Margraten memorial
“We will never forget these American men and women. The silence they left behind speaks louder than words. They paid the highest price, for their country and for our freedom.” Netherlands Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten spoke these words at the American cemetery in Margraten, in the southern province of Limburg. Members of the American armed forces who died in the Second World War during the liberation of Europe are commemorated there every year.
South Korea thanks veterans by donating face masks
The South Korean ambassador gave the Netherlands association of veterans of the Korean War (Vereniging Oud Koreastrijders Nederland) 20,000 face masks intended for its members. The donation was a gesture of appreciation for their efforts during that war, which began 70 years ago. The other 21 countries that took part in the UN mission will also receive face masks.
Navy preparing for missions again
His majesty’s ships Evertsen, Johan de Witt, Rotterdam and Van Speijk are training on the North Sea and near Denmark, together with the Belgian frigate BNS Leopold I. Over the coming three weeks, the two navies will be preparing for missions at the highest end of the spectrum of force, Such as anti-submarine warfare. The ships have sailed for Exercise Baltic Breeze.