The Royal Netherlands Navy is the oldest of the four Services of the Netherlands armed forces. It employs some 10,500 personnel. The Royal Netherlands Navy is an organisation which is able to make a vital and decisive contribution to the security of the Netherlands and its Allies.
The Navy contributes to the enhancement of the international rule of law and the promotion of Dutch interests throughout the world.
The mission statement of the Royal Netherlands Navy is ‘Security at sea and from the sea, all over the world’.
Within the Defence organisation, the Royal Netherlands Navy is referred to as Navy Command (CZSK). It aims at providing an operational product to the Chief of Defence in the form of units (basic modules) that are ready for deployment. The Chief of Defence has overall military command of the naval, land and air forces and is the most senior military adviser to the Minister of Defence. The Admiralty Board is the management board of Navy Command.
The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy has command of the naval forces. He is the ‘chief’ of the navy and is responsible for the readiness of the operational naval units.