Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache crew (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)

Dutch chopper unit Texas now official squadron

Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache crew (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)
Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache crew (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)

The Joint Netherlands Training Detachment (JNTD) at Fort Hood has officially been established as the new RNLAF 302 Squadron by the Dutch minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert en the Dutch commander of the Air Forces lt-gen Sander Schnitger during a ceremony on 24 November 2014.

302 Squadron hosts a 5 week training course for air mobile units and helicopter crew. Moreover, it trains active Apache crew four weeks a year in operational environments and perform the initial mission kwalification of Apache student crews.

302 Squadron at Fort Hood has a permanent strength of 8 Apaches and 3 Chinooks to train the RNLAF aviators. Before its disbandment the old 302 squadron built a bit of reputation flying Alouette helicopters during military operations in Bosnia. It has already flown Apaches earlier, including the first operational deployment of the type in RNLAF service in Djibouti. 302 is part of the Defnce Helicopter Command of the Netherlands.

Source: the Netherlands MoD (Ministerie van Defensie)

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