A look at the Defence news 24 – 30 August
Mine countermeasures vessel HNLMS Schiedam has left for the Baltic Sea to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1. Over the coming 3 months, this NATO flotilla will focus on the clearing of explosives among other things.
Dutch and American F-35s practise the exchange of combat data
To obtain more information than the enemy, and to receive this information before the enemy does. Information exchange between the F-35s of coalition partners is essential in this respect. Dutch and American F-35 pilots tested a new level of interoperability at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (California), focusing on the exchange of combat data between F-35 users from different countries.
New threats require an EU with stronger military capability
The Dutch government intends to invest in both NATO and the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). According to the Netherlands Minister of Defence, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, European countries with more military operating capability will benefit both. Her comments followed the publication of a CSDP evaluation, which states among other things that the Netherlands lacks a long-term vision.