A look at the Defence news 5 – 11 December

9 servicemen and women were awarded for their bravery during combat operations in Afghanistan. Among them was a helicopter crew of 6 that succeeded in apprehending a potentially dangerous suspect in unknown territory. An act that is by no means part of their normal task profile. A look at the Defence news 5 – 11 December.

In Hilversum, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert presented 4 different gallantry awards for acts in 2006, 2007 and 2009. It was the first time in the history of the Royal Netherlands Air Force that the Flying Cross was awarded to helicopter pilots. 

Middendorp: No security without climate security (video)

Climate change contributes to war and migration and creates a breeding ground for terrorism. That was Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp’s message at the Planetary Security Initiative climate change conference held in the Peace Palace in The Hague. According to the most senior military authority of the Netherlands, there is a direct link between security and climate change. The General also warned that instability on Europe’s borders is increasing due to climate change.

HNLMS Rotterdam next ship for EU anti-piracy mission

The Netherlands’ contribution to the anti-piracy mission Atalanta will again be extended by a year. The amphibious transport ship HNLMS Rotterdam is currently scheduled to go to sea mid-2017 to disrupt piracy in the waters around Somalia. HNLMS Tromp has been deployed on this mission for the past 4 months, during which time the Dutch air defence and command frigate also had operational control of the international flotilla operating under the EU flag.