On 15 November, the H-145M Helicopter Handover Ceremony was held at Luxembourg Findel Airport. Organised by Luxembourg Police, the event, chaired by the Minister of Defence marked an important milestone for the nation; the delivery of the first of the two H145M Helicopters to Luxembourg, acquired by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Directorate of Defence.
High representatives from Luxembourg Government and Defence, the Police Grand-Ducale, EU bodies, NSPA and Airbus attended the event. After the speeches, a symbolic handover ceremony of the helicopter took place and the guests had the opportunity to witness the H-145M capabilities first-hand.
Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, François Bausch, opened the ceremony underlining the nation's commitment and willingness "to increase its defence efforts substantially for the benefit of NATO, the European Union and their Members."
Mr Bausch expressed his gratitude to the NSPA team for "the acquisition of this defence capability in a record time", highlighting "the excellent relationship between NSPA and the Grand Duchy".