NATO AWACS provide security support for Dutch royal handover
30 Apr. 2013 NATO provides security support for Dutch royal handover NATO radar surveillance aircraft, known as AWACS, patrolled the skies over the Dutch capital of Amsterdam on Tuesday (30 April), working with the Royal Netherlands Air Force to safeguard Dutch airspace during the royal investiture ceremonies and festivities. The mission was to provide early notification of suspicious air activities and to make sure that all aircraft in the airspace did not divert from their flights plans. Had there been a discrepancy the aircraft concerned would have been contacted by radio or intercepted by fighter aircraft, based on information from the NATO surveillance aircraft. NATO’s support was provided by four AWACS radar aircraft (two of these airborne, one on alert status and one in reserve), plus two tanker air refuelling planes. AWACS are NATO’s “eyes in the sky” and stand for...