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News item | 23-11-2022 | 12:00

The Dutch soldiers in Lithuania gave children from the hospital in Vilnius a pleasant day. Among other things, they were allowed in one Role-1tent (field hospital) in the parking lot to ‘treat’ their cuddly toy. There was also an exhibition of military vehicles. An overview of the Armed Forces’ operations in the period 16 to 22 November.

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School classes and passers-by also came to look. An impromptu obstacle course, combat ration trials and “sleeping” under a poncho were part of the activities.

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.

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Flying material during explosion to enter the building.

Training of wrestling.


Dutch units of the multinational battle group in Romania again trained fully. This is how genists practiced it breakup, or enter premises using explosives. Medical personnel simulated a situation with a large number of casualties. Then it is important to follow special procedures to provide the necessary care.

The platoon in front versus droneoperations again acquired the necessary knowledge in the operational environment. Scouts also trained with their unmanned reconnaissance systems Raven and Cougar. The aircraft gather information that helps commanders plan an operation and adjust actions.

Finally, the military took their marksmanship to a higher level.

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, army units and aircraft for the Ministry of Defence’s first main task: the 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 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.
  • A Dutch soldier supports 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is part of Standing NATO mine countermeasures group 1. This NATO fleet focuses on mine countermeasures, mainly in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
  • 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 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 civilians), Kosovo (European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo) and Qatar (Operation Inherent Resolve).

Actions/operations domestic:

  • Human remains and pieces of clothing were found during the recovery of a German fighter plane in the municipality of Lingewaard. The plane was shot down during World War II.
  • The Defense Ordnance Disposal Service destroyed a total of 30 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 Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, in Zeist, Groningen Zoutkamp and at Harskamp Military Ground in Ede.

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