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News item | 28-09-2022 | 12:00

A scenario that includes attacking a convoy, responding to an improvised explosive attack and an enemy ambush. This included the conclusion of a so-called mobility training of the Red Berets in Romania. An overview of the Armed Forces’ operations in the period 21 to 27 September.

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Mobility focuses on tactical action with vehicles. The airborne soldiers use the Mercedes Benz CDI all-terrain vehicle for this. It is particularly suitable for heavy and mountainous terrain, and it is practical in the Romanian environment.

In addition to the infantrymen, specialists were also trained. For example, medical personnel treated the wounded and transported them away. Engineers cleared the way for explosives.

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Soldiers carry stretcher to vehicle.

Around 100 Dutch soldiers are part of the advanced NATO presence in Romania. The military is preparing to defend NATO territory in Romania with this multinational unit if necessary. For the encampment of the Belgian, French and Dutch soldiers, a 66-man stapler team builds a camp in Cincu. It should be ready at the end of October.


The Dutch soldiers in Lithuania have started a 2-week exercise. Part of this was a so-called tactical road march of about 100 kilometers. Challenging scenarios were trained in forests and locations.

Other platoons practiced ‘vehicle-exerciseson the shooting range. The mortar group fired live ammunition there. The medical chain was also extensively covered in the training. This consisted of treating casualties after a shelling until transfer to a role 1 field hospital.

The Netherlands has contributed to the strengthened military presence since 2017 (improved forward presence) of NATO in Lithuania. The defense currently deploys 270 to 300 soldiers. The force is in the Baltic country to show that NATO stands by and to show solidarity with the Lithuanian people.


The first group of about 200 Ukrainian soldiers began the final part of a 5-week infantry training course. In England, around 90 Dutch infantrymen teach them as much knowledge of the trade as possible together with international colleagues. Knowledge the Ukrainians can use in the war in their own country.

In addition to the Dutch contributions to defense operations, the armed forces also provide ships, army units and aircraft for the Defense’s first main task: the allied defense of the NATO treaty area. See the overview of the Dutch military contribution to NATO.


A Dutch defense dental team has joined a Surinamese military and civilian medical team. They are engaged in public health in the South American country during a national humanitarian operation by the Suriname National Army.

The Caribbean

At the request of the local authorities, the Ministry of Defense again provided military assistance in the Caribbean. This time it happened because of the threatening weather conditions on Curaçao.

Sr.Ms. Groningen is the station ship in the Caribbean. There, it is used, among other things, for coast guard tasks and the fight against narcotics.

Current operations abroad:

  • Around 120 Dutch soldiers protect the airport in Erbil and the surrounding area in Iraq. From there, 3 soldiers also work as advisers to the Kurdish armed forces in the fight against ISIS. In the mission headquarters (Operation Inherent Resolve) 2 Dutch staff officers work in Kuwait. The Netherlands also participates in NATO’s capacity-building mission in Iraq (NATO mission in Iraq) with 5 soldiers. The operation focuses on advising the security sector. The deployment is supported in both Baghdad and Erbil by National support element.
  • For the Minusma mission in Mali, 3 staff officers work in Bamako and 3 soldiers who assist the Germans in Gao. In addition, the Netherlands provides 3 police officers and 1 soldier to the police component within the mission. All 14,000 Minusma Blue Helmets are commanded by Dutch Lieutenant General Kees Matthijssen. As long as he force commander The Netherlands supplies 15 extra soldiers to the Minusma staff. In addition, 6 Dutch military personnel in Mali support the European training mission EUTM.
  • There are about 100 Dutch soldiers stationed in central Slovakia. A multinational air defense unit is involved Patriot-air defense systems vital objects against possible threats from the air. This is happening in the context of NATO and has everything to do with the war in Ukraine.
  • Sr.Ms. Tromp is the flagship Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). It is one of 4 NATO naval associations, permanently available for alliance missions. SNMG1 will be under Dutch command throughout 2022. It is the northernmost fleet, mainly active in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic. Among other things, SNMG1 conducts exercises at sea and visits various ports to maintain diplomatic ties.
  • Sr.Ms. Vlaardingen sails ahead Standing NATO mine countermeasures group 2. This NATO naval alliance focuses on mine clearance in and around the Mediterranean.
  • Soldiers from Navy Marine Squadron of the fleet form so-called vessel protection departments. These regularly protect Dutch ships against piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Dutch soldiers are involved in peacekeeping missions in the Middle East. These include Undof, Untso and Unifil.
  • Six Dutch are involved in the USSC mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah. It concerns 3 civilians and 3 soldiers. The USSC focuses on professionalizing the Palestinian security sector. The USSC attempts to contribute to the viability of a stable Palestinian state. The United States is coordinating the mission.
  • Dutch military personnel also contribute to various headquarters and forward missions. The uniforms have been sent individually to the Spaniards rot (European Union Naval Forces), Bahrain (combined maritime forces), Abu Dhabi (European-led Maritime Awareness Strait of Hormuz), Tunisia (European Liaison & Planning Cell Tunis) (in plain clothes), Kosovo (European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo), Qatar (Operation Inherent Resolve) and Rome (EU Operation Ireland).

Domestic operations/actions:

  • The Defense Explosive Rescue Service identified and destroyed a total of 33 explosive devices across the country.
  • The airspace in the Benelux is monitored 24/7 by air combat control from Air Operations Control Station New Milligen. Alternate Dutch and Belgian F-16s are used for security. The task is currently with the Netherlands.
  • The defense contributes to the reception of Ukrainian and Afghan refugees and asylum seekers from other countries. This takes place at Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, in Zeist, at 2 locations in Zoutkamp (Groningen) and at Legerplaats Harskamp in Ede.

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