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A look at the Defence news 13 – 19 March

Last week, the Marine Corps took part in a training deployment of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Also known as the “flash force”, the VJTF is the most rapidly deployable unit of the NATO Response Force. A look at the Defence news 13 – 19 March.

Marines receiving orders in Doorn.

Marines receiving orders in Doorn.

The purpose of the NATO exercise was to test the organisation’s alertness and ability to rapidly respond to threats on, for example, the treaty area’s east flank. Flash force troops must be ready to move by road, rail or air within 48 hours of receiving an order to deploy with everything that they need to operate effectively in the deployment area for several days. They need to be able to survive, operate and if necessary take defensive action while waiting for the main force to arrive.

Air force provides fuel to anti-ISIS partners for the last time

Over 2.6 million pounds: the quantity of fuel that the KDC-10 pumped into fighter aircraft of the anti-ISIS coalition over a six-week a period. Last week, the Dutch tanker aircraft made its last flight over Iraq and eastern Syria.

The “flying fuel station” flew 32 air-to-air refuelling missions, each averaging six hours, from Al Mubarak Air Base in Kuwait. Operating in predetermined segments of airspace over Iraq and eastern Syria, it provided jet fuel to 189 aircraft, mainly US F-15s.