The Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) is the navy of the Netherlands. In the mid-17th century the Dutch Navy was one of the most powerful navies in the world and it played an active role in the wars of the Dutch Republic and later those of the Batavian Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In recent times the Royal Netherlands Navy takes part in expeditionary peacekeeping and peace enforcing operations.
Royal Netherlands Army in Days of InfamyEdit
After the defeat of the Netherlands during the last days of 1938, the Royal Netherlands Navy managed to escape capture, however, the Germans managed a stroke of luck, capturing the O-25 and O-26 Submarines of the Dutch Navy. This gave German engineers access to snorkel technology, which was employed in their own U-Boats.
In January 1941, the Dutch Navy found itself heavily out gunned against the Japanese Navy as they cut a huge swath through the Dutch East Indies. Although they joined forces with the Americans and the British for the Battle of the Java Sea, they ended up losing all their destroyers due to lack of coordination between various allied powers.