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.

Military with weapon.
In Afghanistan.

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.

Chief of Defense Onno Eichelsheim.
New Chief of Defence.

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.