Royal Netherlands Air Force
Volkel Air Base
Volkel Air Base, located in the municipality Uden in the provence North Brabant, is the other one of two F-16 Main Operating Bases of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The 311th, 312th and 313th squadrons are F-16 squadrons stationed at Volkel Air Base. The 312th and 313th squadrons are combat ready to provide air defence and close air support. Pilots of the 312th and 313th squadrons have four flightsimulators at their disposal to help them train their skills. Due to cutbacks, the 311th squadron is to be disbanded under the Rutte cabinet.
The 604th, 900th and 901th squadrons are stationed at Volkel Air Base to support the F-16 squadrons on the base and on missions. The 640th squadron, consisting of over 400 personnel, is the largest operational squadron in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and guards Volkel Air Base and its F-16 squadrons. Furthermore it takes care of airport security, air trafic control, meteorology, firefighting, training of its own personnel and bird control. The 900th squadron is responsible for the inspections and modifications of and repairs on the F-16s and the fire arms used on the base. The 901th squadron is responsable for logistics, transport and communication and information systems. All the materiel needed, the spare parts, fuel, ammo, clothes and tools, are collected and transported to the theatre of operations.
The 601th squadron is the military reserve force of Volkel Air Base.
The Chinook CH-47D transport helicopters, assigned to the 298th squadron, are used to transport materiel and personnel. The AS-532U2 Cougar MK II transport helicopters, assigned to the 300th squadron, are also used to transport materiel and personnel. Due to cutbacks under the Rutte cabinet most of the Cougars are grounded and the intention is to sell all or at least some of them. Also assigned to the 300th squadron is the Alouette III which is used primarily to conduct VIP flights. The Chinook, Cougar and Alouette III helicopters are stationed at Gilze-Rijen Air Base.
The helicopter squadrons are in many ways supported by other squadrons which are also stationed at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. The 299th squadron provides training and education for the helicopter crews, using helicopters of the 298th, 300th and 301th squadrons and an Apache flight simulator. The 930the squadron arranges the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the helicopters. The 931th squadron provides platform tasks which include air traffic control, firefighting, meteorology, airport security, sports programs and medical services. The 932th squadron handles the logistics which includes provision, storage and transport of fuel, spare parts and clothing.
Eindhoven Air Base
The transport fleet is stationed at Eindhoven Air Base, located in the municipality Eindhoven in the provence North Brabant. The base has an important civil co-user; Eindhoven Airport. Approximately 860 personnel are employed at this base.
The Gulfstream IV, Fokker 50 and DC-10 transport aircraft, as well as the KDC-10 flying fuelling station are assigned to the 334th squadron. The 334th squadron is tasked with air transport missions including paradroppings and refueling flights, humanitarian aid, trainings missions and flights for the Royal House and VIPs.
The Hercules transport aircraft are assigned to the 336th squadron. The 336th is tasked with air transport, medevac and training missions and missions for the UN and for humanitarian aid.
The 940th and 941th squadrons are stationed at Eindhoven Air Base to support the transport fleet and to run the base. The 940th squadron handles the logistics for the 334th and 941th squadrons and arranges the maintainance of the vehicles, loading equipment and communication and information systems. The 941th squadron handles air traffic control, firefighting, meteorology and airport security. The 941th uses dog units to guard the base and to seach for explosives.