Royal Netherlands Navy
The Royal Netherlands Navy is the maritime and amphibious element of the Netherlands armed forces. It works for peace and security at and from the sea, all over the world.
The Netherlands Defence organisation stands for peace and security, at home and abroad. It is one of the ways in which the Netherlands contributes to stability and freedom in the world. That also makes it one of the ways that it serves society at large. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Marechaussee work closely together. They strongly rely on one another and are flexible. They can react rapidly and deploy to anywhere in the world even under the most difficult conditions. The Netherlands armed forces are equipped with state-of-the-art materiel and take a responsible approach to the use of force, risking their own lives to protect others’.
The personnel of the Royal Netherlands Navy are flexible and can be deployed rapidly in all circumstances. The Navy can be deployed independently as well as jointly with the Army, Air Force and Marechaussee. The Royal Netherlands Navy is deployed both at home and abroad for crisis-management operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The Royal Netherlands Navy can operate independently of national boundaries and, with a base at sea, is in effect logistically self-sufficient, meaning that it can be deployed and sustained anywhere in the world. The Navy can, therefore, initiate operations from its sea base at an early stage in conflicts, during crises and in the immediate aftermath of disasters. It can thus contribute to global security and provide rapid assistance in the event of humanitarian emergencies. This is referred to as Maritime Expeditionary Capability.