A look at the Defence news 11 - 17 October
Two Surinamese military personnel are introduced in Curaçao to the tasks and ways of operating of the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard. It is the first concrete action for more military cooperation between the Netherlands and Suriname. Earlier, both countries signed a declaration of intent to this end.
Netherlands and Israel continue exchange of knowledge
In Tel Aviv, agreements were made about the future of the defence cooperation between the Netherlands and Israel. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed, providing the framework for this cooperation. This was done during the bilateral talks the Defence organisation holds with Israel each year.
NATO fleet has started explosives tour on the North Sea
NATO mine countermeasures vessels are sailing the North Sea looking for explosives from the First and Second World Wars. The mines and bombs pose a danger to the fishing industry in particular. Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 is also helping out for a week off the Dutch coast.
Dutch government decides to deploy C-130 transport aircraft in Mali
The Dutch government has decided to send a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, including crew and support personnel, to Mali in mid-November. The aircraft will be deployed there for six months as a contribution to the UN mission MINUSMA.