A look at the Defence news, 1-8 August

HNLMS Tromp will command Atalanta, the international European counter-piracy operation. On 6 August, Commander René Luyckx took over command from Germany on board the air defence and command frigate. The handover took place in Djibouti.

On 20 July, HNLMS Tromp departed for the sea area off the East African coast. For the mission, the vessel has on board a NH90 helicopter, a boarding team and a reanimation team. The frigate will be the command ship for the next 4 months, then it will head back to Den Helder.

HNLMS Tromp.

Archive picture of air defence and command frigate HNLMS Tromp.

Drugs seized again by navy ship

Together with the United States Coast Guard, the patrol vessel HNLMS Groningen seized 125 kg of hard drugs in international waters off the coast of Panama. It is already the 3rd seizure by the vessel, which departed for the Caribbean on 5 June.

Former Minister of Defence Piet De Jong has passed away

On 27 July, a small party of family and friends paid their respects to former prime minister and minister of Defence, Petrus Josef Sietse (Piet) De Jong. Piet De Jong was 101. Before his term in office as prime minister, De Jong was the minister of Defence from 1963–1967. During his term, he ensured that Defence specialised in performing specific NATO tasks, and he shortened the length of compulsory national service.

Military personnel in all colours of the rainbow in the Canal Parade

This year, Defence was once again represented in the pink-coloured capital of Amsterdam. Defence had its own boat with some 80 Defence employees on board in the Canal Parade of Gay Pride on 6 August. 'Our freedom begins with the freedom of others', read the rainbow-coloured letters on the Defence boat. The higher army leadership, represented by a delegation of flag and general officers, emphasised the importance of social acceptance and equality on the work floor.