We would like to place Cookies on your computer to give you the best possible experience when you visit our website. If you are happy with the current Cookie settings and want to continue to use this website as normal, click 'OK'. You also have the option to change these settings, plus learn more about Cookies and how we use them. More information on Cookies.

Change settings

Sign into my account

Forgot your username Forgot your password

Protecting our Nation's Interests

Skip to main content

Royal Netherlands Marine Corps

The Royal Marines have close links with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, with whom they conduct NATO exercises throughout the year. Formed during the Anglo-Dutch Wars in 1665, the Dutch Marines distinguished themselves in raids on the English coast, where it is likely they met their future counterparts.

Royal Netherland Marine Corps
Royal Netherland Marine Corps
Royal Netherland Marine Corps

Royal Netherlands Marine Corps

During the War of the Spanish Succession, when the two countries were allies, it was a combined force of British and Dutch Marines, under Prince George of Hesse-Darmstadt, which captured Gibraltar in 1704.

Since then the Royal Netherlands Corps has always been part of the Dutch Navy, operating anywhere in the world. Their Latin motto consequently is ‘Qua Patet Orbis’, ‘As wide as the world extends’.

The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps consists of approximately 2,800 marines.


The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps is an expeditionary, rapidly deployable and multi-faceted force, specialised in carrying out amphibious operations with light infantry units. The marines are deployable for long periods of time, under all climatological and geographical conditions. Their training consequently takes place in areas such as mountains, in extremely cold weather, in the jungle or desert and in urban areas. The marines are deployed for defending the territory of NATO countries. The Marine Corps is also active in protecting the territory of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

Operational Units

The Netherlands Navy’s motto is ‘Safety at and from sea’. The land-oriented component is made up by the operational units of the Marine Corps. These units consist of two marine battalions (each with about 650 marines), an amphibious logistic battalion and an amphibious combat support battalion.

The operational units of the Marine Corps are stationed on Texel, in Doorn and in Den Helder in the Netherlands. In addition, operational units are stationed in the Caibbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Cooperation with the Royal Marines

Units of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps work in close cooperation with 3 Commando Brigade of the  Royal Marines. Operational units of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps are fully integrated into this brigade. This integration is known as the United Kingdom-Netherlands Landing Force and is a component of the United Kingdom-Netherlands Amphibious Force.




Kayakers preparing for Cross Channel paddle
Kayakers preparing for Cross Channel paddle
25 April 2014

Preparations are underway for a 30 hour non stop paddle...

Fair weather for RM1664 Challenge sail
Fair weather for RM1664 Challenge sail
17 April 2014

Fair weather and calm seas have greeted HMSTC Endeavour as...

Television company film at Commando Training Centre
08 April 2014

Television production company Twofour Broadcast have recently completed six weeks...

Royal Marines launch final attack as part of Exercise Joint Warrior
07 April 2014

As the mist rose on the damp fields of Edingham...

Current Jobs

Royal Marines Officer

It takes a special state of mind to be a Royal Marines officer. Because you will lead your men during vital missions – in all weather, all circumstances and across every terrain. You’ll need to excel in leadership, planning, tactics and...
More info

Royal Marines Reserve

As a Royal Marines Reservist, you'll be one of about 600 people who combine their civilian day jobs with serving part-time as fully-trained Commandos.  Most have no previous military experience.  What we have in common is that we're all volunteers.  Like the...
More info

Royal Marines Commando

When you join the Royal Marine Commandos you join the Royal Navy’s elite amphibious (landing from the sea) force. Nothing stands in our way. Because our training allows us to operate in some of the most extreme environments. Most Royal Marines...
More info