Peace and security
The 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. It also serves society at large.
The Defence organisation has three core tasks:
- defending national and Allied territory, including the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba;
- protecting and promoting the international rule of law and international stability;
- supporting civil authorities in upholding the law and providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, both nationally and internationally.
The navy, army, air force and Marechaussee can be deployed quickly and flexibly and can operate anywhere in the world, under the most extreme conditions. They work closely with others, strengthened by rock-solid confidence in one another. Equipped with modern materiel, responsible in their use of force, and, when necessary, at risk to their own lives. That is the Netherlands Defence organisation.