In the recent years, the duties of the Navy show a shift from fight task to crisis management, as with the other armed services.

The mission of the Royal Navy is worldwide supply of safety at and from the sea. In broad terms, this means defence of own and allied fields, the protection and promotion of international legal order and stability, national and international support to civil authorities in law enforcement, emergency and humanitarian aid. Support of civil authorities is an important task of the Navy. This includes coastguard tasks such as search and rescue, environmental enforcement, fisheries inspection, clearing explosives, drugs detection and control and support for terrorism and combating serious crime.

Navy Components

Naval Forces Command (CZSK)

The naval forces command provides substance or a combination of maritime units. These units can be deployed at any time: independent, "joint" (along with other Services) or "combined" (along with other countries). The CZSK focuses primarily on providing operationally ready units including maintenance and logistics. With these units, a variety of composed units are delivered to the maximum of a Marine Expeditionary Task Force. This is an interweaving of the fleet and the Marine Corps. The command naval forces are led by the Commander Naval Forces, assisted by the Admiralty Board.

  • Fleet

This includes operational vessels, such as frigates, amphibious transport ships, submarines, mine ships and hydrographic units. The Submarine Service is part of the Royal Navy which takes care of the equipment of the submarines and the training of crews. The Mines Service is part of the Dutch Royal Navy which takes care of the ports and shipping lanes to keep free of mines. The Escort Ships of the Royal Navy is the part that takes care of the operational deployment of all major warships.

Netherlands Maritime Force: This is the deployable staff of the Naval Forces Command.

Hydrographic Service: The Service of Hydrography (also: Hydrographic Service) is part of the Royal Navy (Ministry of Defence) and is responsible for the mapping the Dutch parts of the continental shelf (NCP) and the waters around the Dutch Antilles and Aruba. Primary principle of the Hydrographic Service is safe navigation of sea transport. The department also plays a role in amphibious operations by mapping ​​operation areas.

  • The Marine Corps

The Corps is founded by Michiel de Ruyter and Johan de Witt in 1665. It is an expeditionary, rapidly deployable and versatile crisis management element, specialized in conducting amphibious operations with light infantry units. Special units of the Corps are also used in combating terrorism and are deployed in combination with the Commando Corps. Historically, the Marines served aboard warships, where they boarded other vessels and arranged for internal discipline on board.

  • Coast Guard

The Dutch Coastguard is not independent but a partnership of seven ministries. The management and operational direction is controlled by the Royal Navy. The policy responsibility lies with the Ministry of I&M. The Coast Guard in the Caribbean is a partnership between four independent countries, in which 17 ministries are involved. The daily management is in hands of the Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean. The Royal Navy is the eldest part of the Netherlands armed forces.

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