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News item | 05-10-2022 | 12:00

The Dutch soldiers in Romania undergo an intensive training program. Last week the focus was on tactical action in urban areas. The Red Berets also fired live rounds. An overview of the Armed Forces’ operations in the period 28 September to 4 October.

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A stapler team of 66 men builds a camp in Cincu.

Around 100 Dutch soldiers are part of the advanced NATO presence in Romania. The training courses prepare the soldiers for all possible situations. As part of the multinational unit, they defend NATO territory in Romania when 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. Last week, concrete was cast for the last time for the vehicle and the 100 by 300 meter maintenance slab. The engineers will take care of finishing that record in the coming weeks. They are also still working on the construction of living and working areas. They also support French colleagues in the construction of the ammunition complex.

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A military vehicle drives through yellow smoke.

In Lithuania, battles were practiced under CBRN conditions.


That battle group in Lithuania practiced combat in CBRN conditions last week. So there was, among other things, an explosion, followed by a large cloud of yellow smoke. “Gas, gas, gas!” Under the guise of the on-board weapon, the Dutch soldiers in Lithuania put on their gas masks and then go into battle. After a brief firefight, the platoon withdraws and then moves to a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) decontamination line. People and equipment are cleaned of toxic substances.

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.


Four Dutch soldiers accompany Togolese instructors as they train a battalion. The African unit is deployed to the Minusma mission in Mali.

The training of the instructors takes place before Global Peace Operation Initiative which is under American control. The bet on Peacekeeping Operations Center in the Togolese capital Lomé lasts until October 14.

Sr.Ms. Trump

Minister Kajsa Ollongren paid a visit to Mr.Ms. Trumpet. The flagship of the NATO naval alliance Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) participated in a NATO exercise off the Portuguese coast.

SNMG1 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.

Defend NATO territory

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 here.

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.
  • The Dutchman Patriotunit in Slovakia is preparing to move back to the Netherlands. The German Patriotweapon system continues to provide air defense in the country. The Netherlands supports the mission. The Dutch soldiers work together with the Germans on German systems.
  • Around 90 soldiers are training Ukrainian soldiers on a large scale in the UK. Knowledge the Ukrainians can use in the war in their own country.
  • Sr.Ms. Vlaardingen sails ahead Standing NATO mine countermeasures group 2. This NATO naval alliance focuses on mine clearance in and around the Mediterranean.
  • A Dutch defense dental team has joined a Surinamese military and civilian medical team. This is committed to public health in the South American country during a national humanitarian operation by the Suriname National Army.
  • 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 uniformed personnel were sent individually to the Spanish Rota (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 explosives disposal service identified and destroyed a total of 46 explosives 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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