The Commando Corps is the special-forces units of the Royal Netherlands Army. The commandos carry out special operations in support of crisis-response and defence tasks.
Small units with special equipment carry out special operations inside enemy territory. The commandos have to be able to operate completely independently. In addition, the Commando Corps provides military support to Allies of the Netherlands and to units of the air force and navy.
- observation and reconnaissance missions;
- engaging enemy targets by means of ambushes, raids and/or sabotage;
- rescuing civilian and/or military hostages;
- counterterrorism operations in crisis areas;
- controlling laser-guided munitions;
- conducting evacuations.
- conducted by units which are usually smaller than a platoon (approx. 40 personnel);
- conducted by specially trained personnel;
- usually in areas which are not controlled by friendly units;
- of strategic or operational importance;
- usually by order of higher levels of command.
In each commando company, one or more teams will be given advanced training for one of the following types of deployment:
- in areas abundant in water;
- in mountainous terrain;
- by parachute from high altitude (up to 10,000 metres);
- using special tactics and techniques (inhabited areas).
- Demolition specialist;
- Medical specialist;
- Communications specialist;
The Commando Corps is based at the Engelbrecht van Nassau Barracks in Roosendaal.