Korps Commandotroepen

Korps Commandotroepen
June 13 21:51 2010 Print This Article

The Korps Commandotroepen (KCT) are the elite special forces of the Royal Netherlands Army. It is one of the two principal units tasked with special operations in the Netherlands and it constantly ready to be deployed anywhere in the world under any circumstance, conducting all conceivable missions from the full spectrum of special operations, including counter-terrorism overseas.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Royal Netherlands Army began to change. Particular events have shaped the organisation and capacity of the armed forces, and in particular, that of the Korps Commandotroepen. With the threat of Cold War belonging to the past, many new conflicts appeared throughout the world.

Nowadays, worldwide terrorism has become the biggest threat, and there has been a very big demand for specialist counter-terrorism units, able to operate overseas. To keep up with these demands, the Korps Commandotroepen’s old role of Commando Waarnemer-verkenner (Commando Force Reconnaissance) was replaced by that of the modern and versatile Commando Speciale Operaties.

The Korps Commandotroepen switched from a “part conscript, part professional force” to a fully professional unit in 1995. The last conscripts made place for professional operators in 1996, when the Dutch conscription was suspended. From here, the Korps Commandotroepen had undergone drastic changes in its structure and operational capability, and with great success. It has grown to a mature, professional and versatile special forces unit. And it has built up a considerable reputation. Deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq and more recently, Afghanistan provided many new insights and knowledge. Successful counter terrorist operations in Côte d’Ivoire (2004) and the Middle-East (2006) proved once again that the Korps Commandotroepen is an extremely able, highly independent and versatile unit.

Korps Commandotroepen operators wear a Commando Green beret. This shade of green is also in use by British Commando Qualified personnel and internationally often worn by other commando units. The gold-coloured Korps Commandotroepen beret emblem displays a Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, hand grenade and a ribbon with the unit’s Nunc aut Nunquam motto on it. The background of the emblem consist of a gothic typeface “W”, indicating the name Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands from 1898-1948. The beret emblem is worn on a black background with a green border.

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