43rd Mechanized Brigade (Netherlands)

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43 Mechanized Brigade
Embleem 43 Gemechaniseerde Brigade.svg
Active July 1949–present
Country  Netherlands
Branch Royal Netherlands Army
Type Mechanized Infantry
Size 3500 personnel, including 1000 reservists
Colors Red & Blue
Mascot(s) Bison
Engagements War in Afghanistan
Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier General Jan Swillens

43 Mechanized Brigade (Dutch: 43 Gemechaniseerde Brigade) is one of the three brigades of the Royal Netherlands Army. The others being the 13th Motorized Brigade and 11th Airmobile Brigade. The brigade has armored and non-armored vehicles to its disposal. The brigade can be used for combat operations, peacekeeping and ceremonial tasks.[1]

On 17 March 2016, the 43rd Mechanized Brigade was integrated into the German 1st Panzer Division.[2] At the same time, the German 414 tank battalion became one of the units in 43 Mechanized Brigade.[3] In this battalion one of the four companies is manned by Dutch personnel with 16 German Leopard 2A6 tanks.[4]

The Brigades Headquarters as well as most of the units are located at the Johannes Post Barracks in Havelte, in the province Drenthe.

Organization[edit]

The 43 Mechanized Brigade is made up of the following units:

  • Embleem 43 Gemechaniseerde Brigade.svg 43rd Mechanized Brigade (43 Gemechaniseerde Brigade) in Havelte
    • 43rd Staff Company in Havelte
    • 414th Panzer Battalion, in Bergen (Mixed German/Dutch unit)
    • 44th Armoured Infantry Battalion, Regiment Infanterie Johan Willem Friso in Havelte (battalion staff (with two CB9035NL), three armoured infantry companies (with 14 CV9035NL each) and a weapons company (reconnaissance platoon, two anti-tank platoons, mortar platoon with Fennek light armoured vehicles, Spike anti-tank missiles and 81mm mortars))
    • 45th Armoured Infantry Battalion, Regiment Infanterie Oranje Gelderland in Havelte (battalion staff (with two CB9035NL), three armoured infantry companies (with 14 CV9035NL each) and a weapons company (reconnaissance platoon, two anti-tank platoons, one mortar platoon with Fennek light armoured vehicles, Spike anti-tank missiles and 9 81mm mortars))
    • 10th National Reserve Battalion with six companies in Assen, Wezep, Schaarsbergen, Stroe and Enschede
    • 11th Armoured Engineer Battalion in Wezep (battalion staff, two armoured engineer companies and one NRBC defence company)
    • 43 Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron, Huzaren van Boreel in Havelte
    • 43rd Maintenance Company in Havelte
    • 43rd Medical Company in Havelte

Equipment[edit]

  • 97 Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicles
  • 92 CV90 infantry fighting vehicles
  • 18 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks
  • 6 Fuchs CBRN reconnaissance vehicles

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 43rd Gemechaniseerde Brigade at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence [1]
  2. ^ "43. Mechanisierte Brigade". German Army official website (in German). Bundeswehr. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Geschichte". German Army official website (in German). Bundeswehr. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gliederung". German Army official website (in German). Bundeswehr. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.