SACEUR welcomes Dutch King Willem-Alexander to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Dec 17, 2015

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium on Thursday, 17 December 2015.  In Mons he met with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Philip Breedlove as well as senior military commanders.
 
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (Centre) and SACEUR General Philip Breedlove (Saluting)
 at the national anthem played at the beginning of the visit to SHAPE, Dec. 17, 2015.
NATO Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Brandt, USN.
Upon his arrival at SHAPE His Majesty was greeted with an honour guard and representation from all NATO countries and partner nations. Following a bilateral meeting with General Breedlove his Majesty met with senior military commanders and toured the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC).  At the end of his tour the King met with national Dutch staff working at SHAPE.
 
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left) and SACEUR General Philip Breedlove (right)
at the office call in front of NATO and Nations flags during the visit to SHAPE, Dec. 17, 2015.
 NATO Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Brandt, USN.
Accompanying the King were the Dutch Foreign Minister, the Dutch Chief of Defence, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO, and the Dutch Military Representative to NATO and the EU.The CCOMC is the heart of NATO’s command and control network, responsible for anticipating, thinking, planning and reacting to significant events around the world.
 
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by SACEUR, the Dutch Foreign Minister Koenders, the Dutch Chief of Defence, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO, and the Dutch Military Representative to NATO and the EU are briefed in the CCOMC by Brigadier General Nico Tak (right). Dec. 17, 2015. NATO Photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Brandt, USN.
Earlier, the King paid a visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he met with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to discuss issues on the Alliance’s security agenda.
 
Story by: SHAPE Public Affairs Office.

 

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