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News item | 16-11-2022 | 11:15

Zr.Ms. Trump brought Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) a port call in Stockholm, Sweden. The commander of the navy, Jeannette Morang, paid a visit to the Swedish navy on behalf of NATO. Previously, exercises were already planned between the NATO fleet and the Swedish and Finnish navies. An overview of the Armed Forces’ operations in the period 9 to 15 November.

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Zr.Ms. Tromp (left) practiced with the Swedish and Finnish navies.

Zr.Ms. Tromp is the flagship Standing Nato Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). It is one of 4 NATO naval alliances, permanently available for alliance missions. SNMG1 will be under Dutch command throughout 2022. This is the northernmost fleet, particularly active in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Atlantic Ocean. SNMG1 conducts exercises at sea and visits various ports to maintain diplomatic ties.

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A remote-controlled tracked vehicle.


Dutch soldiers in Lithuania completed an operational experiment with the so-called MilRem. They presented the knowledge they have gained with this remote-controlled tracked vehicle.

MilRem is intended for e.g. transport tasks or for reconnaissance. It also serves as a weapons platform.

During the demo, colleagues will leave improved forward presence (eFP) including on the basis of which picture the platoon commander made decisions. The launch of the innovative system was also part of the presentation.

The Netherlands has contributed to NATO’s eFP in Lithuania since 2017. The defense currently deploys 270 to 300 military personnel. The force is in the Baltic country to show that NATO stands by and to show solidarity with the Lithuanian people.


The first week of the new batch of military personnel in Romania was devoted to getting to know colleagues from Belgium, France and Romania. They will work with them on deployment readiness in the coming months. They became familiar with each other’s weapons and equipment.

Around 100 Dutch soldiers in Romania are part of the advanced NATO presence. With training, the soldiers prepare themselves for all possible situations. With the multinational unit they are part of, they are ready to defend NATO territory in Romania.

Defense of NATO territory

The armed forces provide ships, marines, army units and aircraft for the Ministry of Defense’s first main task: the defense of the NATO treaty area. See the overview of the Dutch military contribution to NATO.

Ongoing operations abroad

  • The Dutch Navy ship Zr.Ms. On October 24 and 27, the Netherlands intercepted 2 drug shipments in the Caribbean Sea. The first transport had more than 500 kilos of drugs on board. The other intercepted drug transport amounted to 400 kg of cocaine. All packages have been seized and the suspected smugglers have been arrested.
  • Around 120 Dutch soldiers protect the Erbil airport and the surrounding area in Iraq. From there, 3 soldiers also work as advisers to the Kurdish armed forces in the fight against ISIS. At mission headquarters (Operation Inherent Resolve) 2 Dutch staff officers work in Kuwait. A soldier is also stationed in Baghdad for this mission. 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.
  • 3 staff officers work in Bamako for the Minusma mission in Mali. 1 soldier assists the Germans in Gao. In addition, the Netherlands provides 4 officers 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 provides 15 additional military personnel 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.
  • About 90 soldiers are training Ukrainian soldiers in the UK on a large scale. The acquired knowledge is used by Ukrainians in their own country.
  • Zr.Ms. Holland is the station ship in the Caribbean. There, it is used, among other things, for coast guard tasks and counter-narcotics operations.
  • Zr.Ms. Makkum and Zr.Ms. Schiedam is part of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1. This NATO fleet focuses on my countermeasures, mainly in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
  • Zr.Ms. Vlaardingen is active for Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2. This NATO fleet focuses on my countermeasures in and around the Mediterranean.
  • Soldiers of it 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.
  • In Jerusalem and Ramallah, 6 Dutch are involved in the USSC mission. It concerns 3 civilians and 3 military personnel. The USSC focuses on professionalizing the Palestinian security sector. The USSC seeks 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 have been sent individually to the Spanish rotation (European Union Naval Forces), Bahrain (combined maritime forces), Abu Dhabi (European-led Maritime Awareness Strait of Hormuz), Tunisia (European Liaison & Planning Cell Tunis) (in civilians), Kosovo (European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo) and Qatar (Operation Inherent Resolve).

Domestic operations/actions

  • The armed forces’ explosive rescue service destroyed a total of 36 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. For security reasons, Dutch and Belgian F-16s are used alternately. At the moment, the task lies with the Netherlands.
  • The defense contributes to the reception of Ukrainian and Afghan refugees and asylum seekers from other countries. This takes place at the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, in Zeist, and at the Harskamp Military Ground in Ede.

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