Sunday, June 21, 2015

Minister of Defense: Dutch Army Has to Learn to Fight Again

Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis (Liberal Party) has written to the Dutch parliament, claiming that the Dutch military will have to learn to fight again.  The government will have to supply additional funds to the Defense Department so that it can buy munitions and spare parts. Thereafter, the military can follow an intensive training program and prepare themselves to fight, for instance, well-trained Russian soldiers. Over the years, the Netherlands has reduced its artillery and abolished its two tank battalions.  It has also sold the heavy fighting vehicles of two other battalions and replaced them with Jeeps. Most Dutch helicopters are unable to fly in areas where an enemy would have anti-aircraft missiles set in place.  

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