The Marine Corps
Founded on 10 December 1665, the Marine Corps is an elite component of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Marines are also referred to as naval infantry soldiers. They are infantrymen (soldiers who fight on foot) who are deployed to fight where land meets water, performing special missions in every corner of the globe. This is reflected in their battle cry Qua patet orbis: ‘As far as the world reaches’.
The Corps as a whole is made up of some 2,500 men. The Corps specialises in amphibious operations, reaching their target using landing craft or by parachute, setting off from aircraft carriers.
Amphibious landings rank among the most complex military manoeuvres. This is just one of the reasons why the marines are considered an elite unit. As it is one of the oldest components of the armed forces, the Corps invariably supplies the honorary guard outside the Ridderzaal (Knights’ Hall) on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day).
The operational units of the corps consist of two combat units, special forces, amphibious combat and training units and a support unit.
ROTTERDAM MARINE CORPS
The Marine Corps has its training centres in Rotterdam and on the island of Texel. The Marine Corps’ operational units are based in Doorn, Den Helder and on the island of Texel. In addition, the Corps has operational units in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.