Tasks of the armed forces in the Netherlands
The Netherlands armed forces must be on hand when needed. Defence provides military support during national operations such as disasters, crises and terrorist threats in the Netherlands. This is one of the Defence organisation’s main tasks.
The Netherlands armed forces are ready to act in the event of exceptional circumstances in the Netherlands, e.g. flooding, large-scale fires, and attacks. The Netherlands armed forces’ tasks also include providing security for major international meetings held in the Netherlands. Military deployment during crises or disasters always takes place under civil authority, i.e. under the authority of mayors, the Public Prosecutor or the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Affairs.
The Netherlands armed forces gain much of their knowledge and experience from the worldwide missions they take part in. In the Netherlands, they employ many of their special capabilities in assisting other security organisations and civil authorities, such as municipal authorities, the Ministry of Justice and Security, the national police force and the fire service.
Examples of national operations are:
- security and surveillance;
- firefighting operations;
- military presence in the Caribbean;
- ceremonial tasks;
- clearance of explosives;
- cupport in the event of threats and incidents involving hazardous substances;
- border controls;
- identity fraud and document expertise;
- coastguard tasks;
- combating terrorism;
- defence of Dutch airspace.