On 3 January 2018, 6 Dutch F-16 fighters left for the Middle East from Volkel Air Base to join the international coalition currently fighting against the ISIS terrorist organisation.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force combat aircraft F-16 Fighting Falcons, 2 reserve aircraft among them, are operating from Jordan. It is the second time that the Netherlands has deployed fighter aircraft in the fight against ISIS. The previous deployment took place from October 2014 to July 2016.
The go-ahead for renewed Dutch participation was given late last year. Earlier, 150 military personnel from the F-16 detachment had departed from Eindhoven Air Base.
Although the Islamic terrorist organisation has almost been defeated, the battle is not yet over. The organisation still poses a threat, which means that the coalition is still in need of fighter aircraft.