On Thursday, December 17, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium.
According to a SHAPE press release His Majesty was warmly welcomed to the headquarters by the:
“…Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Philip Breedlove as well as senior military commanders. Upon his arrival at SHAPE His Majesty was greeted with an honour guard and representation from all NATO countries and partner nations. Following a bilateral meeting with General Breedlove his Majesty met with senior military commanders and toured the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC). At the end of his tour the King met with national Dutch staff working at SHAPE.
Accompanying the King were the Dutch Foreign Minister, the Dutch Chief of Defence, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO, and the Dutch Military Representative to NATO and the EU.The CCOMC is the heart of NATO’s command and control network, responsible for anticipating, thinking, planning and reacting to significant events around the world.
Earlier, the King paid a visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he met with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to discuss issues on the Alliance’s security agenda.”
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