Dutch veterans at the commemoration of Portsmouth

June 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – 75 years ago, the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany began in Portsmouth. The allied invasion fleet departed from this British port city on 5 June to dump itself on the French coast a day later (D-Day). Today, more than 300 D-Day veterans and many heads of government commemorated this historic moment. Among them Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commander of the Armed Forces Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer. Rutte and Bauer were accompanied by veterans Andr√© Hissink and Camiel Stritzko and Ridder Militaire Willems-Order…

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Belgium and the Netherlands ratify the purchase of naval vessels

Google Translation The Netherlands and Belgium jointly purchase multipurpose frigates and mine control vessels. On June 8th, Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and her Belgian colleague Steven Vandeput take the next step with the signing of 2 Memoranda of Understanding. This happened in the margins of the 2-day NATO meeting that took place in Brussels since yesterday. The government recently announced that it replaced the M-frigates and mine-fighting vessels. Belgium takes the lead in the purchase of the 12 mine-fighting vessels, of which 6 for the Netherlands, and the associated unmanned systems.…

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Dutch Defence White Paper focusing on a robust, agile military force

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence can once again have confidence in the future. After years of budget cuts, the Defence organization is investing in its people, capabilities and visibility. Personnel will be given the equipment they need to work as effectively and safely as possible. Capabilities will be enhanced by the procurement of new materiel and by the modernization of existing resources. Investments will be made in IT and cyber. The Ministry of Defence will also work more intensively with partners, such as the business community, NATO and the EU.…

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