At an international level, analysts predict that Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Arctic region are likely areas where tensions might rise in the future. Demand for sea-based support of joint and combined operations in the littoral zone is expected to increase. There continues to be high demand for our minehunters to clean up explosives and Dutch submarines to perform reconnaissance operations. Our two Marine Combat Groups, Maritime Special Forces, and support elements are significant force multipliers.
We have set ourselves the goal of being adaptable, meaning that we are capable of deploying for a wide range of tasks. Second, we want to be active, making valuable contributions to security at and from the sea, to international peace and stability, and to provide humanitarian aid. Third, we want to be affordable, getting the job done at a responsible cost level. We therefore opt for ongoing modernization, multi-functional platforms with multi-tasking personnel, and structural international cooperation with strategic partners.
Recently we commissioned four state-of-the-art ocean-going patrol vessels. In 2014 a new multi-functional joint-support ship will provide a multi-dimensional logistic capability. Together with existing high-end assets, our fleet is capable of taking on a variety of tasks. Thus we see ourselves as a navy that is lean and mean, and a reliable partner.