Royal Netherlands Army
The Royal Netherlands Army works for peace and security in the Netherlands and abroad. The army is essential in this respect because, ultimately, peace and security are imposed on the ground. The army is a professional, well-trained organisation and therefore it can be deployed quickly and flexibly in the toughest of conditions.
The army can be deployed on its own and jointly with the navy, air force and Marechaussee (military police). The Royal Netherlands Army is deployed both in the Netherlands and abroad for crisis-management operations, humanitarian assistance and combat operations.
The main tasks of the armed forces and thus of the Royal Netherlands Army are:
- contributing to peace, security and stability the world over;
- defending the territory of the Netherlands and that of NATO Allies;
- supporting civil authorities in upholding the law, providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, both nationally and internationally.
Both for crisis management operations and for the general defence task of NATO territory, it is important that units can be deployed quickly. Where, when and how many military personnel need to be deployed is difficult to predict. Army personnel therefore receive the broadest possible training and exercises are conducted with all kinds of modern, high-quality equipment. In this way, a “tailor-made” unit can be assembled for any conflict situation.