The Ministry of Defence is indispensable in a world of turmoil. The Ministry protects all that we, as a nation, cherish. The Ministry fights for a world of freedom and security, because they believe that everyone has the right to live in such a world. This is their mission, and it’s also the reason that they participate in missions.
Many who choose to work for the Ministry of Defence do so because they want to make a difference for our country. It is a choice that has a real impact on us, on our families and on our friends. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Defence will lay their lives on the line.
The Netherlands is the Ministry's base - thus, the Ministry will always defend our country. It is in our Kingdom’s interest that other countries are stable. That is why the Ministry works to secure peace, freedom and security both in the Netherlands and far beyond our borders. After all, our freedom begins with the freedom of others.
The armed forces take action when dialogue has reached its limits. The Ministry prefers to help to prevent war, conflict and injustice. Where possible, the Ministry does so without violence. But if necessary, the Ministry intervenes with due force. Because sometimes words need to be backed up by force. That means that the Ministry fights for freedom where turmoil reigns, and where it is peaceful, the Ministry keeps the peace. Where disasters occur, the Ministry offers help.
The Ministry of Defence cannot do this alone. The Ministry does their job shoulder to shoulder with allies within the Netherlands and abroad. The Ministry helps each other. Together, the Ministry carries out missions professionally, united by the same mission.
As long as war, turmoil, conflict, piracy and terror exist in the world, the armed forces are indispensable. Because if the Ministry doesn’t do it, who will?