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Netherlands reforms artillery unit

21 January 2019
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The Royal Netherlands Army began to regain its independent fire-support capabilities by standing up the independent 41 Artillery Detachment in Oldenroek on 18 January, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website.

The Royal Netherlands Army’s 41 Artillery Detachment, stood up on 18 January, consists of three batteries with six PzH 2000NL 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (pictured) and six 120 mm mortars each. (Dutch MoD)The Royal Netherlands Army’s 41 Artillery Detachment, stood up on 18 January, consists of three batteries with six PzH 2000NL 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (pictured) and six 120 mm mortars each. (Dutch MoD)

The new unit consists of three batteries with six Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000NL 155 mm self-propelled howitzers and six 120 mm mortars each, which since January 2013 had come under the Dutch Fire Support Command, plus fires cells and fire-support teams to co-ordinate fire support, close air support by helicopters and aircraft, and naval gunfire.

In addition to 41 Artillery Detachment, the Dutch Fire Support Command consists of the Fire Support School and an artillery range.





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