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News item | 26-10-2022 | 12:00

Sr.Ms. Tromp fired 3 missiles to intercept ‘hostile targets’. Location of this practice action: the The Hebrides Range west of Scotland. An overview of the Armed Forces’ operations in the period 19 to 25 October.

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For the air force and the command frigate, the detection and destruction of air targets is one of the most important tasks. The missiles were of the type Standard missile 2 and Developed sea sparrow missile. The crew tested the operational systems during the launches.

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.

The United Kingdom

Impressive. This is how Minister Kajsa Ollongren mentioned the commitment and motivation of both Ukrainian recruits and the Dutch military personnel who provide their training. The minister visited the troops preparing for war in the north of England.

Around 90 soldiers are training Ukrainian soldiers on a large scale in the UK. The Ukrainians use the acquired knowledge in their own country.

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Default on a property.

Airmobile infantrymen trained, among other things, in ‘breaching’ a building.


The Dutch military in Romania kept their skills up to date with those peak LR anti-tank missile system. It is the heaviest weapon that the Red Berets carry during an action. The portable anti-tank system has a range of up to 4 kilometers and can take out armored targets.

The airborne infantrymen and their engineer counterparts also shared their tactical and technical knowledge last week. This was mainly aimed at tasks in urban areas. Among other things, they trained in how to ‘break’, or gain access to a building using explosives.

Around 100 Dutch soldiers in Romania are part of the forward-looking NATO presence. With training, the soldiers prepare themselves 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.

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Soldiers look through the gap between sandbags.

Military defense in Lithuania.


Tank ditches, minefields, wire barriers, foxholes, anti-tank positions and fortified houses. The military in Lithuania worked with all their might to defend a place against a possible attack. That was one of the tasks of the exercises Iron Wolf which started last week.

The Netherlands has contributed to the improved . since 2017 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.

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.

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 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.
  • Dutch soldiers support German soldiers in Slovakia Patriotunits. The anti-aircraft systems protect 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. Vlaardingen sails ahead Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2. This NATO naval alliance focuses on mine clearance in and around the Mediterranean.
  • Sr.Ms. Holland is the station ship in the Caribbean. There, it is used, among other things, for coast guard tasks and the fight against drugs.
  • 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:

  • EOD destroyed a total of 34 explosive devices across the country. Sr.Ms. Makkum destroyed 1 explosive in the sea.
  • 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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