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Dutch Ministry of Defence officials visit SHAPE

MONS, Belgium - A high level delegation, from The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, visited Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on Tuesday, September 27th where they were updated on NATO operations.

The delegation, made up of Dutch Generals and senior Ministry of Defence officials, took part in round table discussions throughout the day which included a visit to the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) and the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC).

Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Michel Yakovleff (left) speaks with military and civilian officials from The Netherlands Ministry of Defence during a round-table discussion at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, September 27, 2016. - NATO photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Brandt - USN  

"It was a privilege to brief my Dutch peers on key operational activities within Allied Command Operations' area of responsibility during their visit to SHAPE today," said Dutch Brigadier General Nico Tak, Director of the CCOMC. "Keeping up-to-date with what is ongoing and how the Alliance is responding is important for all NATO nations and partners," he added.

The National Military Representative of The Netherlands at SHAPE, Captain (N) Georges van Aalst says "it's vital to promote the understanding of SHAPE as the "engine room" of NATO; most, if not all, decisions on policy and plans for NATO are being prepared or executed through SHAPE."

This is the second such visit of a high level delegation from The Netherlands to visit SHAPE in recent months.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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