The Commander of the Netherlands Army, General Benjamin R.P.F. Hasselman, has retired from military service?
The Commander of the Netherlands Army, General Benjamin R.P.F. Hasselman, has retired from military service now that he has attained pensionable age. General Hasselman was also Chief of the General Staff, and aide de camp in special service of H.M. the Queen.
This spring he was appointed President of the Military Committee of NATO. He is to be succeeded by Lieut-General G.J.Le Fevre de Montigny as commander of the Army. (C.U. of New General.. After arrival of General Hasselman on Dais)
Before relinquishing his post the queen appointed General Hasselman High Officer of the Order of Oranje Nassau with swords.
Today General Hasselman took the salute at a large military parade held in his honour - his last parade.
All units of the Dutch Army took part in this, the biggest parade to be held in Holland, since 1945. Taking part were 500 men, 150 vehicles, 6 Chaffee tanks and 34 Centurion tanks.
Before taking the parade General Hasselman inspected his troops for the last time.
He has held the post of Commander of the Armed Forces and Chief of the General Staff since 1951.