Royal Netherlands Navy
The Royal Netherlands Navy is committed to a safe and stable world, to the protection of Dutch interests and that of our allies. We carry out this mission worldwide. Together with our strategic partners, we ensure there is peace and security, at sea, near the shore and on land. To be able to do this safely and effectively, we must continue to innovate, together with other armed forces, the business community and knowledge institutes.
Thanks to the manoeuvring space at sea, the independence of onshore bases, the logistical independence of fleet and marine units and the ability to escalate and de-escalate, the navy has been providing for our peace and security for 528 years. Both in the Netherlands and all over the world.
The deployment of the navy varies from providing fighting power in combat and combating domestic terror to providing assistance in humanitarian disasters. For example, His Majesty’s Karel Doorman is deployed in the fight against Ebola, the station ship in the Caribbean carries out counter-drug operations, His Majesty’s Van Amstel tracks refugee flows to the south of Italy and marines train local units in Erbil and Baghdad to combat ISIS. In addition, since 2009, naval vessels have been increasing the level of safety along shipping routes through the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa near Somalia.