A look at the Defence news 7 – 13 November

Fokker and Aeronamic have been awarded maintenance contracts for the European F-35 fleet in the upcoming years. This was announced by the US Department of Defence’s F-35 Joint Program Office. The value of these future orders could run into hundreds of millions of dollars and will boost Dutch employment figures.

A Dutch F-35 fighter aircraft.

The F-001 receives the traditional welcome after landing on Airbase Leeuwarden (May 2016).

Royal Netherlands Navy drugs bust in the Caribbean Sea

The crew of HNLMS Holland recovered 64.5 kilos of cocaine, representing a market value of over €3.5 million, from the Caribbean Sea last week. The Navy vessel discovered a suspicious Venezuelan fishing boat between Haiti and the Windward islands. Military personnel made use of a fast FRISC boat to assess the situation and recover a number of suspicious packages that were found floating in the water. The contraband has been handed over to the local coast guard.

Increase in number of immigrants caught by Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

In the first six months of this year, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee took 1,120 illegal immigrants into custody. This figure is 700 more than for the same period a year earlier. This became apparent in the rapportage vreemdelingenketen (immigration chain report) published by the Netherlands Ministry for Security and Justice. This rise in the number of illegal immigrants being caught by the RNLM is a result of the increase in the number of Mobile Monitoring of Aliens (Mobiel Toezicht Vreemdelingen; MTV) patrols being carried out. In the border regions with Belgium and Germany, MTV checks have been increased by 60%.