September 20, 2022
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The Dutch 45th Armored Infantry Battalion was declared combat-ready for the SRN on 13 September following Exercise Vigourous Bison, which had been held in eastern Germany for the previous two weeks. (Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands)
The Dutch 45th Armored Infantry Battalion is operational for the NATO Response Force (NRF), the Netherlands told the alliance on September 13. The declaration comes after two years of training, which culminated in the battalion’s exercise at Gefechtsübungszentrum Heer (GÜZ), the German Army’s combat training center in Altmark, eastern Germany, last week.
This was reported by a representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands (MoD). Janes On 19 September, it said the battalion would be on combat alert for several years, but did not specify how many days it had been on alert or whether it was part of the SRN’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The Netherlands will support the VJTF with 1,500 troops in 2023, according to the Bundeswehr website, which gives the VJTF a readiness level of two to seven days.
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