¶ The combat support company comprised a company staff, a reconnaissance platoon, an antitank platoon, an antiaircraft section, a mortar platoon and an infantry pioneer section. In peacetime partly dispersed over naval bases and installations in the Netherlands and in the Netherlands Antilles (NA), and partly mobilisable. ¶ 20 Staff and Support Company: forty-five men stationed at Van Braam Houckgeest Barracks, Doorn; two men at Headquarters Marine Corps, Rotterdam; nine men at Van Ghent Barracks, Rotterdam; twenty-five men at Marine Barracks Savaneta, Aruba (NA); twenty-four men at Naval Base Parera, Curaçao (NA); and ninety-four men mobilisable.
The reconnaissance platoon comprised a command group and three reconnaissance sections, each section comprising two reconnaissance groups. 3413, Proposed final draft of Annex B to the Memorandum of Understanding dated between the Netherlands Ministry of Defence and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence d.d. See also Haring, the combat group staff (39 men, an increase of 14 men), a signals platoon (20 men), an administration section (6 men, a decrease of 3 men), a service support platoon (51 men, an increase of 4 men), a transport platoon (45 men), a medical section (20 men), and the company staff (18 men); the navy patrol section was disbanded. Initially all sixty Bv 202s acquired by the Marine Corps were prepositioned in Norway, but in 1981 three vehicles were shipped to the Netherlands for training chauffeurs and mechanics. ¶ 21 Infantry Company: stationed at Naval Base Parera.
Possible missions included beach reconnaissance, clearing obstacles both under and above water, diving missions, sabotage actions both under and above water, infiltration and exfiltration of enemy territory, hinterland reconnaissance (up to twenty-five kilometres inland), and establishing and operating observation posts.
The three amphibious groups were able to operate independently.
The platoon was fully motorised and had probably 8 x Possible missions included tactical and technical reconnaissance, long range reconnaissance, infiltration and exfiltration of enemy territory, establishing and operating observation posts, sabotage actions, and securing objects or areas; personnel was partly commando and/or para-trained. 796, op cit., shows 1 and 2 Logistic Support Group as integral parts of 1 and 2 Amphibious Combat Group respectively, but documents from 1982-1983 on the organisation of the amphibious combat group (see footnote 1) do not. 1876, VVKM 38.1 Mobilisatievoorschrift der Koninklijke Marine, deel 1: Personeel, Bijlage 5 d.d. During operations with the United Kingdom/Netherlands Landing Force (UK/NL LF) the logistic echelon of 1 Amphibious Combat Group would be integrated into the (UK) Commando Logistic Regiment RM. This increased the strength of the staff and support company from 192 to 199 men, bringing the total strength of the amphibious combat group The FIM-92 Stinger entered service with the Marine Corps in 1985. These vehicles remained under the control of 1 Amphibious Combat Group. ¶ 22 Infantry Company: stationed at Marine Barracks Savaneta.
The FAL was the standard infantry weapon, whilst the UZI was widely used by vehicle crews and other personnel for whom the size of the FAL would be cumbersome.The antitank platoon comprised a command group and three antitank sections, each section comprising a command group and three antitank groups, each antitank group comprising two antitank teams with 1 x M47 Dragon atgm system each. 1 Amphibious Combat Group strength including 1 Logistic Support Group: 47/161/708 (916). The number of Land Rovers and FN MAGs has been extrapolated from BL 4301 (1983) and VVKM 408 (1978) (see footnote 1); in 1978 the reconnaissance platoon had two rather than three reconnaissance sections., inv. 1st Platoon, 23 Infantry Company: one man stationed with Marine Detachment Den Helder, Division Willemsoord; and thirty-three men with Marine Detachment Den Helder, Division De Kooy.In addition the command group of each antitank section held 1 x M47 Dragon in reserve. battle rifle 7.62 mm, 72 x FALO saw 7.62 mm, 63 x FN MAG gpmg 7.62 mm, thirty-two sharpshooter rifles (probably FN FAL battle rifle 7.62 mm with scope, see footnote 5), 378 x UZI submachine gun 9 mm, 176 x FN Browning Hi-Power pistol 9 mm, thirty flare pistols (probably Geco 26,5 mm), 21 x M47 Dragon atgm system, 21 x Carl Gustav rclr 84 mm, 5 x FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defence system, 16 x mortar 60 mm, 6 x Hotchkiss Brandt mortar 81 mm, 46 x ½-tonne Land Rover with 36 x ¼ tonne trailer, 23 x ¾-tonne Land Rover with 8 x ¼-tonne trailer, 3 x ¾-tonne Land Rover ambulance, 40 x DAF YA-4440 four-tonne truck, one tow truck, one 2-tonne fork lift truck, 5 x trailer (field kitchen), 1 x trailer (repair), 6 x one-tonne trailer (water), twelve shelter/container modules for YA-4440, two motorcycles, 3 x ZB 298 battlefield surveillance radar, one hundred and forty-one radios, six hundred and seventy-nine flak jackets, and various arctic equipment (including skis). 2nd Platoon, 23 Infantry Company: stationed with the Marine Detachment at Naval Air Station Valkenburg. The Royal Navy's war plans included the mobilisation of two of these units: 1 and 2 Logistic Support Group.The platoon carried a basic load of one hundred and eight M222 Dragon missiles, distributed as follows: eighteen with each antitank section (first line), six with each antitank section commander (first supplement), and thirty-six with the platoon command group (secondary supplement). For operations in northern Norway 1 Amphibious Combat Group had 57 x Volvo Bv 202 tracked over-snow vehicle. 750, VVKM 410 On mobilisation 14 Infantry Company would for the most part be formed from surplus personnel (bovenrol) at the Royal Naval Institute (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine, KIM) in Den Helder, Van Braam Houckgeest Barracks in Doorn and, predominantly, Van Ghent Barracks in Rotterdam; in addition twenty-four reservists would be called up. 3rd Platoon, 23 Infantry Company: one man stationed at Van Braam Houckgeest Barracks; one man at Van Ghent Barracks; and thirty-two men mobilisable. ¶ 25 Combat Support Company: twenty-one men stationed at Van Braam Houckgeest Barracks; sixty-seven men stationed with the Marine Detachment at Naval Air Station Valkenburg (constituting the larger parts of the antitank platoon, the antiaircraft section and the infantry pioneer section); thirty-seven men with Marine Detachment Den Helder, Division De Kooy (constituting the larger part of the mortar platoon); the reconnaissance platoon at Naval Base Parera; and nine men mobilisable. 3 Amphibious Combat Group strength: 15/69/360 (444). These would probably be placed under the operational command of 1 and 2 Amphibious Combat Group respectively. One company staff, and five navy patrol platoons (1-2-3-4-5). Navy Patrol Company Netherlands strength: 7/26/228 (261).The platoon was fully motorised and had 1 x ½-tonne Land Rover, 12 x ¾-tonne Land Rover, 1 x ¼-tonne trailer and 1 x DAF YA-4440 four-tonne truck. These could be used to carry equipment (main role), personnel, and for skijoring, thus providing (limited) motorised mobility under arctic circumstances. For its national role regarding the territorial defence of the Netherlands Antilles 2 Amphibious Combat Group could be concentrated there; for its NATO role under Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) the unit would be concentrated in the Netherlands. It was a mobilisable unit, earmarked for deployment to the Netherlands Antilles to relieve 2 Amphibious Combat Group if that unit would be concentrated in the Netherlands for its NATO role. with limited amphibious movement capability (ship to shore, both tactical and logistical). Each platoon comprised a command group, and three navy patrol groups (1-2-3). Navy Patrol Company Netherlands was a mobilisable Marine Corps unit, tasked to guard wartime headquarters of the Royal Navy in the Netherlands, probably in addition to its normal policing role.