The Royal Netherlands Air Pressure (RNLAF) redeployed 4 of their F-35 fighter plane to Volkel Air Base and established a brand new Air Fight Command re-organising its air command and management preparations. The primary 4 trendy F-35 fighter plane landed at Volkel Air Base on June 30, 2022, marking the re-establishment of the their 313 Squadron as a fifth-generation fighter unit. On the identical time, the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure stood up a brand new Air Fight Command (ACC), which is comprised of the 2 operational fighter bases at Leeuwarden within the north and Volkel within the south and Air Operations Management Station (AOCS) based mostly at Nieuw-Milligen within the centre of the Netherlands. Throughout a ceremony, the primary commander of recent Air Fight Command, Commodore Johan van Deventer, acquired the command banner kind the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure Commander, Lieutenant Normal Dennis Luyt.

“We function from three areas, with 13 squadrons, as one data pushed workforce inside the new Royal Netherlands Air Pressure command construction. By delegating tasks to decrease ranges we improve our agility enabling fast changes to the quickly altering operational setting. I’m very pleased with this 2000-strong workforce of ACC that ship our fifth era Airpower to NATO – each time and wherever wanted,” Commodore van Devent mentioned.


“Establishing the ACC is a crucial step in direction of our fifth gen Air Pressure. Inside this new group we be a part of the fight functionality of all our F-35s, F-16s, MQ-9s, Air Battle Administration, Focusing on, and Datalink administration beneath one Commander,” mentioned Air Commodore van Deventer.

The newly created Netherlands Air Fight Command is comprised of the fighter functionality and the command and management overhead creating agile organsiational buildings.(Picture by Royal Netherlands Air Pressure)

Its conventional dwelling base at Volkel, the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure 313 squadron is the Dutch Tiger squadron, current at many NATO Tiger Meets all through the years. When it was quickly de-activated as an F-16 squadron in December 2020, pilots and floor crews transformed to the fifth era F-35 fighter plane at Leeuwarden Air Base. With the official arrival of the F-35s, Volkel Air Base now has two squadrons with two jet fighter sorts: 312 squadron flying the F-16 and 313 squadron flying the F-35. For the subsequent two years, 312 squadron will carry on flying the F-16, and after retirement of this plane kind, they are going to convert to the F-35. Volkel Air Base (Vliegbasis Volkel) is a navy airbase utilized by the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure and is situated close to the village of Volkel in North Brabant, Netherlands.

The Netherlands was the second worldwide companion to obtain the F-35, and continues to function a key contributor to the manufacturing and sustainment of the F-35 Lightning II superior fighter. The Dutch are planning so as to add to their F-35 fleet to extend the nation’s functionality and capability to have interaction in allied operations. The Royal Netherlands Air Pressure (RNLAF) operates the F-35A. The Dutch program of file is for 46 plane. Greater than 25 suppliers from throughout Dutch business are collaborating in vital know-how growth and strategic structural design ventures integral to the F-35 program, together with high-volume manufacturing, which incorporates composites, bonded assemblies, and plane wiring. The primary F-35 RNLAF squadron operates out of Leeuwarden Air Base. Sooner or later, Volkel Air Base can even be dwelling to F-35s.

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s Arrive in Air Combat Command Volkel Air Base
On June 30, 2022 4 Royal Netherlands Air Pressure F-35 trendy fighter plane arrived at Volkel re-instating 313 Squadron and persevering with the NATO Tiger historical past. (Picture by Joris van Boven/NATO SHAPE)