The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Unit (MMU) has been established, the Luftwaffe announced on its website on 10 July. Multinational MRTT Force (MMF) programme executive board chair, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Dick Kreiter, handed over command of the MMU to its first commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Colonel Jurgen van der Biezen, on 10 July.
Col van der Biezen said on his LinkedIn page on 11 July that the unit would receive its first A330 MRTT on 1 May 2020.
The Luftwaffe said the MMF programme was agreed by Luxembourg and the Netherlands in November 2014, with Germany and Norway joining in 2017, and Belgium in 2018. The five nations will procure, operate, fund, and have exclusive use of up to eight aircraft, which will belong to NATO, according to the Luftwaffe.
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