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 Denmark F16 Iraq NATO Mission Ends

Translation / DRK2 

KUWAIT, August 25 – Defense Minister is on avisit to the Danish F16s in Kuwait before they pull home about a month. He believes that the fighter jets are ready to return to summer next year.

KUWAIT: Minister of Defence Carl Holst (V) visit Tuesday the seven Danish F16s that are sent on a mission against terrorist movement Islamic State (IS).

And it is a military effort under great pressure defense minister shall a visit at the base in Kuwait. The Danish contribution to the IS mission has namely been characterized by dilapidated fighter, stressed employees in flying staff and record high absenteeism among flymekanikerne.

About a month expiring mandate of the mission, and the aircraft should after a year of broadcast home to Denmark to be repaired.

When they return to the US-led coalition against IS, is still uncertain.

Defence Peter Bartram said, according to both TV 2 and DR that the Air Force will not be ready to send F16 to Kuwait again in a year. And the assessment listen to the defense minister.

Asked when he thinks that the fighter jets can return to the mission in Kuwait, says Carl Holst’s response to TV 2:

“Around the middle of 2016, I think it is realistic that the coalition demands it and that military professional can defend it.”

Carl Holst stresses that the aircraft be returned on the wings ‘as soon as possible’.

The current Danish contribution to the mission expires in October, when parliament must decide whether Denmark should continue to contribute to the fight against terrorist movement.

Denmark F-16 Iraq Mission Ends

Earlier this summer warned flymekanikerne in Berlingske that it would be irresponsible to extend the mission because of crack exposed aircraft and deprivation mechanics.

Besides the fighter jets, Denmark also contributes to a training mission in northern Iraq, where Danish soldiers train Iraqi colleagues.

At the weekend it emerged that the parties behind the defense agreement have agreed to initially draw the seven Danish F16s home to October and give them a break until they are ready to be sent on the wings again.

Defence points out that Denmark F16 aircraft break can contribute in other ways, but do not come with concrete proposals. He stresses in conclusion to TV 2 that the discussion should not be seen as a criticism of the Danish broadcast.

“They have made a huge difference, and there has been much praise for the Danish efforts,” says Carl Holst.

With the visit to Kuwait is also defense rapporteurs of the parties to the agreement, which counts all but Unity and alternative, reports tv2.dk.

Translation / DRK2  2015-08-25

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