Defence stands for peace and security, in the Netherlands and elsewhere. The armed forces contribute to stability and freedom in the world. With a workforce of some 58,000, the Ministry of Defence is one of the biggest employers in the Netherlands.
Ministry of Defence
New Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence sworn in
24-09-2021 | 12:00
On 24 September 2021 Ben Knapen (CDA) was sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Henk Kamp (VVD) as Minister of ...
Bijleveld: Defence preparing to help in the fight against corona
17-03-2020 | 16:18
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence is preparing to help the population of the Netherlands in the fight against the corona virus. ...
Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service disrupts Russian cyber operation targeting OPCW
04-10-2018 | 13:00
On 13 April 2018, with support from the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service and UK counterparts, the ...
Chief of Defence resigns
03-10-2017 | 22:34
Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp resigned from his post this evening. He followed the example of Minister of Defence ...
Minister Hennis resigns
03-10-2017 | 22:00
Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has tendered her resignation. She announced her decision at the end of the debate prompted by ...
Largest naval vessel arrives in St Maarten
01-10-2017 | 13:32
HNLMS Karel Doorman is moored in the port of St Maarten as of today. The naval vessel has brought more than a thousand tonnes of ...