A look at the Defence news 9 – 15 May

On 23 May, the F-35 will come to the Netherlands for the first time. A summary of Defence news in the week of 9-15 May.

Photo: Two Dutch F-35 test fighter aircrafts.

2 Dutch F-35 test fighter aircrafts.

The F-35 to land at Leeuwarden Air Base on 23 May

Defence will have the Netherlands' latest fighter aircraft temporarily stationed so the people living close to the current F-16 air bases in Leeuwarden and Volkel can compare the noise levels. The test aircraft will stay in the Netherlands for three weeks, and may be joined on its flight to Leeuwarden on Monday by the second test aircraft. The aircraft will also be on display at the static show of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days to be held at Leeuwarden Air Base on 10 and 11 June.

Mountain leaders reach the summit of the Manaslu

Together with three local Sherpas, seven Marine Corps mountain leaders reached the summit of the 8,163 metres high Manaslu mountain in Nepal on 9 May. The climb was the climax of four weeks of preparation on the flank of the eighth highest mountain in the world. It was 60 years ago to the day that Japanese national Toshio Imanishi was the first person to successfully climb the mountain.

Record medal tally for Invictus Games athletes

Five gold, five silver and eight bronze medals. The Netherlands team at this years' Invictus Games set a record at the event, which ended on 12 May. The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for men and women who fell ill or were injured during their service. Following London, the United States now hosted the second edition of the games.