Military presence in the Caribbean

The Netherlands armed forces maintain a permanent military presence in the Caribbean for the performance of military tasks and a number of policing tasks.

Tasks in the Caribbean

The national tasks in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom mainly comprise:

  • coastguard support;
  • combating the regional drugs trade;
  • police tasks, carried out by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee;
  • border control;
  • riot control.

Military personnel and materiel

The military presence of the Netherlands armed forces in the Caribbean consists of:

  • Royal Netherlands Marine Corps squadron on Aruba;
  • a rotating detachment from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps on St Maarten;
  • a rotating company from the Royal Netherlands Army on Curaçao;
  • the Aruban Militia;
  • the Curaçao Militia;
  • a Fast Raiding Interception and Special Forces Craft (FRISC) troop on Aruba;
  • the guard ship in the Caribbean;
  • the strategic transport ship HNLMS Pelikaan;
  • a Royal Netherlands Marechaussee brigade.

If required, the Netherlands armed forces can expand their military presence in the Caribbean.