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The defense is based on membership in NATO since its inception in 1949 and (2008) amounts to 46,000 men with 32,000 men in reserve. The military service was discontinued in 1998. The army, organized in 3 brigades, comprises 18,000 men. The Navy has 10,000 men with 4 submarines, 4 fighters, 4 frigates, a naval aircraft with 34 armed helicopters and 2 naval infantry battalions. In addition, a mine clearance function for NATO consisting of 8 vessels intended primarily for the English Channel. The Air Force comprises 10,000 men with about 105 fighter aircraft (which will decrease to 87). The equipment is of a high NATO standard.

Military of Netherlands

Defense costs decreased in 1985–2006 from 3.1% to 1.5% of GDP. The Netherlands participates in UN peacekeeping operations with observers or smaller units in four countries. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that NED stands for Netherlands.

Dutch defense overview

The Netherlands is a member of NATO. The first-time service was discontinued in 1996; all personnel are enlisted. The total personnel force of the Dutch Armed Forces is 35,400 active personnel, a reserve of 4,500, and 5900 semi-military police forces (2018, IISS).

The army has a workforce of 18,850 active personnel. Heavy equipment includes 18 self-propelled PzH 2000 artillery, 170 CV9035 storm armored vehicles and 200 armored personnel vehicles.

The Air Force has a personnel force of 8050 active personnel. The equipment includes 61 F-16 fighter aircraft, two F-35 fighter aircraft under test, two KC-10 tankers, five transport aircraft, 13 training aircraft, and 73 helicopters of which 28 Apache type helicopters.

The naval personnel has 8500 active personnel, including 2,650 Marines. The fleet includes four submarines, four fighters, two frigates, four patrol vessels, six minesweepers, two dock landing vessels, 17 landings, and eight logistics and auxiliary vessels.

Forces abroad

In 2018, the Netherlands participated in NATO operations in Afghanistan (Operation Resolute Support) with 160 personnel, in the Mediterranean (SNMG1) with a fighter, and had deployed 250 personnel in Lithuania (Enhanced Forward Presence).

The Netherlands also participated in the UN operation in Mali (MINUSMA) with 241 personnel, and had 300 personnel and six fighter aircraft deployed in Iraq and Jordan in connection with Operation Inherent Resolve.

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