A look at the Defence news, 5 – 11 October

Admiral Rob Bauer has been elected as the new Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. The committee announced its preference for the Netherlands Chief of Defence over his Polish counterpart, General Rajmund Andrzejczak.

Admiral Rob Bauer.
Admiral Rob Bauer.

Europe to take more responsibility for its own security

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok and Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, European countries need to take more responsibility for European security. This must go hand in hand with the strengthening of NATO. They were responding to the recently published report on European security, Europese Veiligheid: tijd voor nieuwe stappen, by the Advisory Council on International Affairs.

Advisory Council: “Do more to promote security in the Caribbean territories”

The Advisory Council on International Affairs believes that the Ministry of Defence should focus more on law enforcement and the fight against crime in the Caribbean. This is stated in its report on security in the Caribbean. In a first response, Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten endorsed this necessity.

New NH90 to the Caribbean

After more than two months, HNLMS Groningen once again has an NH90 maritime combat helicopter at its disposal. The helicopter, which replaces the one that crashed in July, arrived in the Caribbean by air transport.