Netherlands Coast Guard


Key Facts

Current Title:
Nederlandse Kustwacht
English Title:
Netherlands Coast Guard
First Established:
ICAO Code:

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Narrative Summary

The Coast Guard was first created in 1987. Prior to this date a Cessna 402B had been operated by civilian company Martinair Holland for coastal patrol duties under contract to the Rijkwaterstaat. This aircraft was replaced by a Cessna 404 in 1982, and then a Dornier Do 228 in 1990. Both of these aircraft were operated under contract by Martinair Holland.

A re-organisation of Coast Guard operations took effect from January 2007. This saw the end of the previous leasing arrangement. Two Do 228s fitted with more modern mission systems were introduced into service, to replace the well-used previous example of the type, with operation and servicing now conducted by the military.

Key Dates

26 February 1987    Netherlands Coast Guard established.
1 June 1995    Operational command passed to the Navy.
1 January 2007    Coast Guard reorganised to improve its law enforcement effectiveness.

Current Status

Management of the aircraft is carried by the KLu, with maintenance done by Jet Support. The pilots are from the Royal Netherlands Navy and Royal Netherlands Air Force and the observers are from various ministries.

Future Plans

None known.


National Insignia

Coastguard aircraft are civilian machines and do not carry military roundels. The service title KUSTWACHT is carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Dutch Coast Guard aircraft carry civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Still On
Dornier Do 228-21232Coastal Patrol

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Cessna 402B Utiliner119751982USA
Cessna 404 Titan II119821993USA
Dornier Do 228-21231992currentGermany

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.


Main Headquarters

Dutch Navy Headquarters, Den Helder.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Current Unit Assignments

Squadron Type Base
2 x Do 228-212 Schiphol

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


None known.


Nederlandse Kustwacht

wikipedia: Kustwacht (Dutch text)

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