The planes will depart from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, to Malbork Air Base in northern Poland. This is stated in a message published on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands. This decision was taken this Thursday by the Cabinet of Ministers of this European country.
Some 35 soldiers from the engineering unit of the Dutch Defense Ministry will travel to Poland next month to settle there. Some 170 soldiers will join them for the technical support of the fighters, according to the Dutch publication ND.
NATO reinforced its eastern flank immediately after the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. In particular, Dutch F-35s were deployed to protect the airspace over Poland. In April and May, Dutch F-35s were stationed in Bulgaria to monitor the airspace. They were stationed at the Graf Ignatievo airbase.