A look at the Defence news 11 - 17 December

Netherlands has supplied Ukraine with another half a billion euros in materiel
Since 3 October, Dutch military support to Ukraine has increased by almost € 550 million, mostly in commercially acquired materiel. The total value of all the materiel supplied and all the fund contributions now stands at more than € 2.6 billion. The outgoing Netherlands Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren reported this to the House of Representatives in her periodic update last week.

Military personnel in Cyprus move their task to the Netherlands

Marines and a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft are now on standby in the Netherlands. Previously they were on standby in Cyprus. These troops and the C-130 detachment can be deployed in the region within 72 hours if the situation in the Middle East deteriorates further.

The Netherlands and South Korea to increase their military cooperation

During the two-day state visit of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol last week, the Netherlands and South Korea agreed to greater military cooperation. This way, the Netherlands aims to contribute to stability in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Caribbean Coast Guard to become operational 24/7

The Caribbean Coast Guard expects to complete its transition to an organisation that operates 24/7 next year. There will be more personnel, for example to strengthen border control. This is set out in the Caribbean Coast Guard Annual Plan for 2024, which the Netherlands Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren sent to the House of Representatives last week.