A look at the Defence news 4 – 10 April

We must not lose sight of the strength and successes of European cooperation. A look at the Defence news for the week of 4 to 10 April.

Minister Hennis is tijdens haar speech in de Ridderzaal ook groot te zien op 2 beeldschermen.

Photo: Minister Hennis delivering her speech in the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) in The Hague.

Hennis: parliaments have a key role to play in European firepower

During her address at the Interparliamentary Conference in The Hague on 7 April, Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert called on the members of parliament of European nations to fully support cooperation and political decision-making.

Third drugs haul for HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën in the Caribbean

Earlier this month, the Dutch navy frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën intercepted more than 250 kilogrammes of cocaine. Similar to two previous drugs hauls earlier this year, the successful operation in the Caribbean Sea was the result of excellent cooperation with Belgian and American units.

Dutch KDC-10 refuels F-35 in flight

For the first time, two Dutch F-35s were refueled by a Dutch KDC-10 transport aircraft while airborne. The successful action earned the Royal Netherlands Air Force national certification for refueling F-35s.

Main engine of HNLMS Karel Doorman suffers damage

One of the two main electric engines of HNLMS Karel Doorman recently suffered damage to the degree that the engine needs to be replaced. Engine replacement is a major operation that will take about 8 months. Defence is assessing whether the ship will be able to carry out part of its current programme on its one remaining electric engine.

Apache air display team airborne again

The official première of the Apache air display team’s new show will take place during the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days to be held at Leeuwarden Air Base on 10 and 11 June. This year, the team will be in action on the following dates (provisional):

  • 25 and 26 June, Belgian Air Force Days (70th anniversary), Florennes Air Base, Belgium;
  • 6 to 10 July, Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford Air Base, United Kingdom;
  • 27 July, Rescue Vlissingen, Vlissingen, Netherlands;
  • 9 and 11 September, Sanicole, Helchteren, Belgium.