Today, several flights are planned to pick up people from Afghanistan via the airlift and transport them to the Netherlands. Military personnel provide security for aircraft, evacuees and the consular emergency team that, led by the ambassador, works to facilitate evacuations.
The evacuations concern Dutch people, but also people of other nationalities. The Defense organization also evacuates Afghans who are at risk in their own country because they have worked for the Netherlands or during Dutch missions.
This group includes not only interpreters, but also, for example, guards, judicial officers, cooks and drivers. This includes employees of Dutch development projects, human rights defenders and, in particular, women's rights defenders. Journalists and their fixers who worked for Dutch media also belong to this group.

Dutch Forces from the late 60s-80s
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Dutch soldiers perfected their skills in MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain), Pobrode, Lithuania, September 2021.

Korps Mariniers - Fast Rope Training
Recently, 860 squadron had crew training. The full crew of a helicopter was tested on their skills & drills in Fast Rope. At a Fast Rope drill, a rope personnel from a flying helicopter are put ashore or on a ship. This time the exercise was performed with the help of the Marines placed at the Defense Helicopter Commando (DHC). These flight deck officers and also Fast Rope instructors and / or operators regularly provide this assistance. This is how two flies were caught in a hit and everyone's Fast Rope technique is certified again.

Chemical attack in Den Helder harbor.
During a unique exercise in the harbor of Den Helder, marines of the Surface Assault and Training Group (SATG) had to be
and the Koninklijke Landmacht disinfectant company (414th) working together to hold and disinfect a terrorist hijacked ship with unknown chemical load. So not only did the terrorists have to disinfect, also the load, vehicles and the ship itself. So a serious amphibious collaboration, with a training of the Koninklijke Marine for, among other things, Chemical, Organic, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Control.
Is such a terrorist attack with chemical weapons a doomsday scenario? Maybe, but CBRN contains more than just chemical and / or nuclear attack. For example, help with a fire in a chemical factory, an accident at sea with an oil tanker, swine fever control and COVID are covered by the CBRN domain.
A lot of knowledge has been gained during this exercise. Not only by the 414nd disinfectant company, but definitely also by the Koninklijke Marine.

Fleet Marine Squadron executes the first VPD assignment.
The Fleet Marine Squadron (FMS) of the Surface Assault and Training Group was first deployed at the end of June 2021 It involved a Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD) assignment executed by a team of 1 troop.
After an intensive period of training and preparation, the first troop of FMS was reported ready at the Navy headquarters on June 1 FMS can be used for VPD duties as boarding team on board Zr. Ms. Ms. ships or to provide security for maritime objects.
In Egypt, the team embarked on the Rolldock Sky. The Rolldock Sky is a heavy load carrier that sails under the Dutch flag. Immediately after embarking, the VPD team started preparing the MAG posts and applying concertina barbed wire around. On the bridge the connection was made with the Defense Operation Center (DOC) in The Hague and the AMV star present made an infirmary ready to use. When all the equipment was ready, there were still a few stand-to exercises and the team was ready for the assignment.
After about 2 days of sailing, the Rolldock Sky entered the High Risk Area (HRA). The transit of the HRA did not provide any details. There were relatively few skiffs, due to the high decking of the sea. After sailing the HRA, the VPD package has been broken down and the FMS team in Oman has gone off board.
The team looks back on a beautiful first assignment, which was able to be carried out well through all the training and preparations.

F-35A Lightning II aircraft flies above Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, Sept. 13, 2021. The aircraft participated in the Suppression of Enemy Air Defense phase of a weapons instructor course that included the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Plyler)

F-35A Lightning II aircraft taxis at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, Sept. 14, 2021.
Quick question, that long-barreled AR-pattern rifle I see in many of the pictures, is that the standard rifle of Dutch infantrymen?
Quick question, that long-barreled AR-pattern rifle I see in many of the pictures, is that the standard rifle of Dutch infantrymen?
The usual is a Canadian C7NLD or C8NLD, Marines and Commando's usual weapon of choice is the HK416 with the HK417 as a DMR (Y)

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