Sunday, May 26, 2013



The Netherlands
Capital: Amsterdam and The Hague

NATO member nation

2010- Venezuela states that military aircraft from the Netherlands repeatedly violated Venezuelan airspace and also states that the Dutch allow U.S. aircraft to use the Dutch Caribbean colonies to do the same.

Foreign territories held by The Netherlands:
Aruba in the Carribean. 1 marine infantry stationed on Aruba and Curacao?
Curacao in the Carribean
Bonaire in the Carribean
Sint Maarten in the Carribean
Saba in the Carribean
St. Eustatius in the Carribean

Believed to have around 22 U.S B-61 nuclear bombs stored at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands. The B61 bomb can be used on Dutch F-16 aircraft.

47,660 active duty military personnel
32,000 reserve personnel

Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht)
11,000 personnel

F-35A stealth fighter aircraft (2)

F-16 fighter jets (67)

PC-7 trainer aircraft (13)

C-130 transport aircraft (4)

Fokker 50 utility aircraft (27)
Dornier 228 used for coastal patrol (2)
KDC-10 used for aerial refueling and transport (3)

AH-64 Apache attack helicopters (29)

Lynx helicopters (21)
BO-105 helicopters used for attack and reconnaissance
Alouette III helicopters (4)
Eurocopter Cougar (Super Puma) transport helicopters (8)
CH-47 Chinook helicopters (20)

NH-90 helicopters to be used on frigates (20)

P-3C Orion aircraft used for Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare

MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles

NASAMS air defense system

FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
EMT Aladin (20)

RQ-11 Raven (72)
Scan Eagle (6)

SAGEM Sperwer (Retired from service)

Royal Netherlands Navy
Frigates (12)

Submarines (4)
Mine Warfare Vessels (10)
Rotterdam Class Landing Platforms (LPD)x2
Capable of carrying 32 Main Battle Tanks or 90 Armored Personnel Carriers and 611 marines.

Landing Craft (17)
Survey vessels (2)

Harpoon anti-ship missiles
The Netherlands utilizes civilian cargo vessels to land military forces

Naval Aviation
NH-90 helicopters
Westland Lynx helicopters

Korps Mariniers
2,800 personnel
Black beret with red patch and anchor symbol

Patria XA-188 GVV
Beach Armored Recovery Vehicles (BARV) with Leopard 1 chassis
Land Rover Defender
60mm mortars
Spike anti-tank guided missiles
Panzerfaust 3
Barrett .50 sniper rifles
M2HB .50 cal machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
C7 assault rifles
C8 carbines
HK 416
Glock 17 pistols
Bushmaster vehicles
Land Rovers
Marine Snipers

32 INFCIE unit stationed in Aruba
31 INFCIE formerly stationed in Curacao until 2009.

Special Operations unit

Diver Propulsion Devices (DPD)-8

Coast Guard

10 Patrol boats and 3 cutters patrol the Dutch controlled Caribbean.

Royal Netherlands Army (Koninklijke Landmacht)
About 31,000

CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (122)
Including upgraded CV9035NL variants

Boxer armored vehicles (200)
Fennek armored vehicles (410)

XA-188 armored personnel carriers 

Fuchs armored vehicles (22)
Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicles (86. Ten have been destroyed in the Afghanistan conflict)

Airmobile Light Support Vehicles (208)
Bpz3 Buffel (Buffalo) Armored Recovery Vehicles on Leopard 2 chassis (25)
Panzerschnellbrucke 2 (PSB2) bridge laying vehicle on a Leopard 2 chassis (10)
Armored Recovery vehicles on Leopard 1 chassis (22)
Engineering vehicles on Leopard 1 chassis (14)
Biber bridge laying vehicles on Leopard 1 chassis (14)
Suzuki King Quad 750 4x4 used by Commandotroepen
Mercedes Benz G-Class G-Wagen utility vehicles 462 290GD

Armored units with Leopard 2 tanks disbanded
Leopard 2 tanks retired from service.

AIFV (YPR-765) infantry fighting vehicles have been retired from service.

PzH2000 Self Propelled Howitzers (57)

Excalibur precision guided ammunition for 155mm howitzers

The M270 MLRS multiple rocket launchers are no longer in Dutch service. Sold to the Finnish Army.

SPIKE anti-tank guided missiles
Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank rocket launchers

MO-120-RT 120mm mortars
L16A2 81mm mortars

Small Arms
HK GMG 40mm automatic grenade launchers
HK AG36 40mm grenade launchers

M2HB .50 cal machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
FN Minimi machine guns

Steyr SSG 69 sniper rifles
M82A1 .50 cal sniper rifles
HK 417 7.62 marksman rifles
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare sniper rifles

C7 assault rifles
C8 carbines
FN P90 sub-machine guns
HK MP5 sub-machine guns
Glock 17 pistols

NASAMS II surface-to-air missile system
FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles

Gepard self propelled anti-aircraft guns were retired from service.

2 Air Assault Infantry Regiments
11th Air Mobile Brigade (11 LMB)

Dutch Special Forces
Korps Commando Troepen (KCT)
Green Berets

Special Protection Assignments Brigade (BSB)
Military Police Service (KMOO)

Army Reserve (Korps Nationale Reserve)

Royal Dutch Constabulary (Royal Marechaussee)

AIFV (YPR-765) with FN MAG

Mercedes Benz G-Class utility vehicles
Mercedes 208

Toyota HiLux

Opel Astra


Glock 17 9mm pistols
Glock 26 9mm pistols
HK 416 5.56x45mm assault rifle
FN 303 riot gun

Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst (AIVD)

Dutch Companies
Shell (Royal Dutch Shell)- Joint Anglo-Dutch corporation 
Damen Shipyards
RH Marine

Netherlands military pictures

Dutch Colonies in the Caribbean

The “Netherlands Antilles”
Consisting of three main islands. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao (ABC) and three smaller islands Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint  Maarten (SSS)

Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba were given municipality status, supposedly making them part of the Netherlands, much like France calls its colonies Departments, supposedly making them part of France.

July 2010- The government of Venezuela states that Dutch military aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace and also states that the Dutch allow U.S military aircraft to operate from Dutch Caribbean colonies in order to violate Venezuelan airspace. Venezuela also states that the Dutch may plan on using the colonies as a launching area for operations against Venezuela along with the U.S. from Colombia and bases in the Dutch colonies. 3 incursions were recorded of Dutch aircraft flying in from Aruba and Curacao.

Police Corps Caribbean Netherlands (KPCN)
Special Task Group- SWAT like unit belonging to the KPCN

10 Dutch patrol boats and 3 cutters patrol the Dutch controlled Caribbean.
Over 500 personnel and marines

Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard
Separate organization from the Dutch naval forces.

Antillean Militia- Part of the Antillean National Service

Suffisant naval barracks in Curacao

32nd Company of the Marine Corps stationed on Aruba


(Still under occupation by the Netherlands)
The smallest of the three main islands.
Oranjestad (Orange City)
Queen Beatrix Airport

Aruba Police Force (Korps Politie Aruba or KPA)


(Still under occupation by the Netherlands)
Flamingo Airport


(Still under occupation by the Netherlands)
Curacao International Airport
Christoffel National Park
St. Christoffelberg (Mountain)
Fort Amsterdam
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Queen Juliana Bridge
Hato caves


(Still under occupation by the Netherlands)
Jauncho Yrausquin Airport?

Sint Maarten

(Still under occupation by the Netherlands)
This island is divided between France and the Netherlands. The French control the northern half, called St. Martin, while the Dutch control the southern half, Sint Maarten.
City of Phillpsburg

St. Eustatius

(Still under occupation by the Netherlands)
Also known as Statia
About 240 km east of Puerto Rico
Franklin D. Roosevelt Airport
Oranjestad (Orange City)


  1. In the past few years next material left (retired) the Dutch military:
    EMT Aladin
    SAGEM Sperwer
    AIFV (YPR-765) replaced by CV-90
    Leopard 2
    AB-412 helicopter