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On 10 March, the first group of Peshmerga were awarded their infantry diplomas in Iraq. A summary of Defence news in the week ...

News item | 18-03-2015 | 15:10

2 Apache pilots killed in Mali

Yesterday, a Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache helicopter crashed during a firing exercise in Mali. Captain René Zeetsen (30) ...

News item | 17-03-2015 | 20:24

Defence discontinues use of yellow search-and-rescue helicopters

As of 1 January 2015, the Defence organisation has taken its characteristic yellow AB-412 search-and-rescue helicopters out of ...

News item | 31-12-2014 | 10:47

Train hijacking at De Punt in 1977

The 1977 train hijacking at De Punt, Drenthe, and how it was ended on Saturday 11 June has been the subject of a recent ...

News item | 19-11-2014 | 17:44

Netherlands to extend its contribution to EU counter-piracy mission

The Netherlands is to extend its participation in the European Union’s counter-piracy mission ‘Operation Atalanta’ by one year. ...

News item | 14-11-2014 | 13:57

Dutch F-16s drop first bombs in Iraq

This morning 2 Dutch F-16s used their weapons for the first time in the fight against terrorist organisation ISIS in Iraq. The ...

News item | 07-10-2014 | 13:44

Total of 173 victims of MH17 air disaster now identified

It was announced today that a further 46 victims of the MH17 air disaster have been identified. Of these 46 victims, 26 were ...

News item | 22-08-2014 | 17:25

Total of 127 victims of MH17 air disaster now identified

It was announced today that a further 62 victims of the MH17 air disaster have been identified. Of these 62 victims, 47 were ...

News item | 15-08-2014 | 16:30

Total of 65 victims of MH17 air disaster now identified

It was announced today that a further 42 victims of the MH17 air disaster have been identified. Of these 42 victims, 21 were ...

News item | 09-08-2014 | 21:06

Telephone conversation between Minister Hennis and her Ukrainian counterpart

Today, Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert talked to her Ukrainian counterpart Valeriy Geletey about the security ...

News item | 05-08-2014 | 20:43