German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday confirmed an agreement that will see some 800 German soldiers integrated into the Dutch navy. While in Amsterdam, where she met with the Dutch Defense Minister, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, von der Leyen called the plan a “prime example for the building of a European defense union.” In exchange for the German battalion, which will be subordinate to the Dutch navy until 2018 and includes mine detectors, reconnaissance and commando units, Berlin will share the use of an ultramodern Dutch supply ship.

Their joint cooperation in the field of CBRN and C-IED can also be witnessed live during NCT CBRNe Europe 2016 where the Royal Dutch Armed Forces and the Bundeswehr will showcase their CBRN capabilities in case of a joint cross-border response scenario. The following conference will be chaired by both the Dutch and German Armed Forces. Further information on the live exercise can be found here, and registration for the three-day event can easily be done here.