Six RNLAF F-16s will deploy to Manas AB
20 Aug 2004
The Dutch government decided to send a detachment of six F-16 fighters from Volkel AB and one KDC-10 tanker to Kyrgyzstan. Once again Dutch fighters will operate from Manas AB for missions over Afghanistan. The requirement for the extra support for ISAF troops is needed because of the approaching elections in Afghanistan. The deployment will last for eight weeks and can be prolonged for several weeks in the case of a second round of elections. The detachment of between 170 and 210 personnel will arrive in mid September. The F-16s will be used for 'show of force' and close air support for allied troops under ISAF command.
Also the deployment of the six AH-64D Apaches around Kabul will be prolonged until 31 March 2005.