Dutch F-16s are provided enhanced situational awareness thanks to the F-35's sensors and data link system. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Dutch F-16s fly last Afghanistan sorties

A Dutch F-16 performs a flyby for the camera. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Dutch F-16 performs a fly-by for the camera. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Dutch F-16 Fighting Falcons flew their final missions over Afghanistan this week, ending twelve years of operations supporting the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The F-16s were based in Mazar-e-Sharif, but also flew from Manas in Kyrgyzstan at the start of Afghan operations.

The F-16s were part of the Air Task Force (ATF) and were primarily used for supporting ground troops. A lot of times, the F-16s were simply there as a show of force, but they were also used in anger, dropping laser guided munitions or strafing targets with the 20mm M61 Vulcan Gatling Gun.

Some YouTube clips showing Dutch F-16 operations over Afghanistan:

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