A look at the Defence news 20 - 27 July

The Netherlands Minister of Defence, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, has decided to keep the NH90 fleet grounded as a precautionary measure until further notice. The Minister took this decision following the accident on 19 July, when an NH90 helicopter crashed into the Caribbean Sea near Aruba, killing 2 military personnel. The black box has been found, but so far efforts to recover the aircraft have been unsuccessful. An investigation will be instigated to determine the cause of the crash.

Invictus Games 2021 dates announced

The Invictus Games will be held in The Hague from 9 May to 5 June next year. The international sporting event for (former) military personnel who were injured or became ill during service was cancelled because of the corona crisis. Defence will lend support to the 2021 Invictus Games.