A look at the Defence news 7 – 13 December

Dutch divers had a visit from US marines in the Caribbean. The special operations forces from the NL Marine Corps taught the Americans a few tips and tricks for diving operations in (tropical) coastal regions. At the same time, exercise Caribbean Coastal Warrior provided an excellent opportunity to further enhance the collaboration between the 2 marine corps.

Kolonel Tankink toont de Order of Freedom die hij ontving van de republiek Kosovo.
Colonel Peter Tankink has been awarded the Kosovar Order of Freedom.

Dutch Safety Board publishes findings of exploratory investigation into NH90 crash

The Dutch Safety Board has published the findings of the exploratory investigation into the NH90 helicopter crash off Aruba last year. They showed that the helicopter had got into difficulty because, by making a turn, the aircraft’s speed had become equal to that of the wind. As a result, the helicopter rapidly lost altitude and hit the water within seconds, despite attempts to correct the dive in time. The helicopter did not appear to have had any technical defects.

Special operations forces ready for 2021 NATO deployment

The Composite Special Operations Component Command has completed all training and is now certified. This headquarters directs special operations forces in an international context and is made up of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. In 2021, this HQ will be directing the NATO Response Force (NRF21) SOF deployment.

Dutch Caribbean Coastguard intensifies cooperation

The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard will be enhancing its information position and intensifying cooperation with partner services in law enforcement over the coming year. This is stated in the 2021 Year Plan for the Caribbean Coastguard that was sent to the House of Representatives by Defence Minster Ank Bijleveld-Schouten.

Kosovar medal for F-16 pilot Tankink

Colonel Peter Tankink has been awarded the Kosovar Order of Freedom. He received the medal from the Republic of Kosovo for his contribution to the freedom of Kosovo. Tankink was deployed to the region as a pilot 6 times from 1993 to 1999.