A look at the Defence news 12 – 19 April
Netherlands to deploy additional troops as NATO mission in Afghanistan ends in September.
NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan will end in 5 months’ time. The decision was made during a ministerial meeting of the North Atlantic Council and follows the decision of the United States to withdraw all troops from the country in phases.
As a precaution, the Netherlands will send an additional 80 troops to Afghanistan for force protection. These troops have been ready for the NATO mission since mid-February. They will soon deploy because the security situation is expected to deteriorate and the risk to Dutch and other coalition troops is therefore expected to increase.
New Chief of Defence
Onno Eichelsheim is the new Chief of Defence of the Netherlands. The air force general took over the highest military office from Admiral Rob Bauer in The Hague. Bauer will be taking up a NATO post.
Speech by the Netherlands Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, on the occasion of the change of command from Admiral Bauer to General Eichelsheim
Speech by Admiral Rob Bauer, Netherlands Chief of Defence, change of command ceremony
Speech by new Chief of Defence, General Onno Eichelsheim, on the occasion of the change of command ceremony