09 June 2008

PR# 2008-242

Netherlands’ F-16s flies 10,000 hours for ISAF

The personnel from RNAF who contributed to the 10,000 flying hours achievement gathered together in a short ceremony Saturday (7 June) to celebrate the milestone.

KABUL, Afghanistan – F-16's of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) reached an important milestone last week by logging more than 10,000 hours of support to ISAF. RNLAF reached this milestone while rotating two of their aircraft during a ferry flight from the Netherlands to Kandahar Airfield (KAF) June 5.

“10,000 flying hours in support of ISAF is an impressive number. All those hours are effectively deployed to support our colleagues on the ground,” said Colonel Paul Mulder, Air Task Force Commander. “Although the Netherlands may be a relatively small country compared to some other coalition partners, our support to the ISAF mission is not only relatively but also in absolute numbers large and significant.”

The Dutch have supported ISAF in Afghanistan since 2003. First from Manas in Kyrgizie, then from Kabul International Airport and, finally, from KAF after November 2006.

The RNLAF provides close air support to ground troops of the coalition forces in Afghanistan, and they are proud of their hours-flown milestone.

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