The Dutch armed forces stopped operating a range of equipment May 9 under defense cuts announced a month ago. Nineteen of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s 87 F-16s and all 14 Cougar transport helicopters were grounded, while 60 Leopard 2 tanks and four out of a total of 10 minehunting vessels were phased out. The Dutch chief of defense staff, Gen. Peter van Uhm, described the occasion as “a very sad day for Dutch Defense.” More cuts are to follow. The supply ship Hr. Ms. Zuiderkruis ...
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