Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard
Kustwacht Caribisch Gebied
Badge of KWCARIB
Badge of KWCARIB
Racing Stripe
Racing Stripe
MottoSamen Sterk
Strong Together
Agency overview
FormedFebruary 1, 1996
Annual budget48,269,000[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionDutch Caribbean
Constituting instrument
  • Rijkswet Kustwacht (Coast Guard Act)[2]
Specialist jurisdiction
  • Coastal patrol, marine border protection, marine search and rescue.
Operational structure
Overseen byKustwachtcommissie (Coast Guard Commission)
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence

The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG)[3] (Dutch: Kustwacht Caribisch Gebied (KWCARIB)) is the coast guard of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Dutch Caribbean. The unit is a joint effort between all constituent countries within the Kingdom.[4] Prior to the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, it was known as the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Coast Guard (NA&A CG) and was a division of the Royal Netherlands Navy.



DCCG is a partnership between Aruba, Sint Maarten, Curaçao, and the Netherlands. The staff of the Coast Guard is composed of all constituent countries. DCCG is a Kingdom organization directly under the State Council of Ministers of the Kingdom. The Commander of the Naval Forces of the Royal Netherlands Navy in the Caribbean (CZMCARIB) is also the director of DCCG.[4]


Ministries from the four parts of the kingdom determine the policy of the Coast Guard. To streamline policy formulation the Coast Guard's Commission has been formed. This committee consists of officials from different ministries. The Coast Guard Commission also ensures budgets and annual reports. The judicial policy of the Coast Guard is determined by the three Ministers of Justice of the countries of the Kingdom. Controlling the Coast Guard executive in judicial matters is done through the Prosecutors-General of Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, and the Netherlands. The Secretary of Defense is on behalf of the State Ministers in charge of managing and controlling DCCG.[citation needed]

Coast Guard support centers

DCCG has three Coast Guard support centers: on Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. From here, the Coast Guard patrol boats patrol in the waters around the islands. The flying units of the Coast Guard are stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Hato, Curaçao. The Coast Guard Center / RCC itself is located in Curaçao, at the Parera naval base.[citation needed]


DCCG has its own units and also makes use of defense resources (mainly from the RNLN, a ship and staff). DCCG has several private owned types of patrol boats, cutters and aircraft.[citation needed]


The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard cutter Jaguar with two Holland-class offshore patrol vessels in the background

The three Coast Guard cutters, the Jaguar, the Panther and Puma, are Damen Stan 4100 patrol vessels.[6] They are designed for service in the coastal waters of the Caribbean islands. The cutters are suitable for carrying out all coast guard tasks. With the onboard RHIB, boarding operations can be performed. The cutter is over 41 metres (135 ft) long, has a crew of eleven and a speed exceeding 26 knots (48 km/h).

Each boat has radar, infrared cameras, night vision binoculars, an ion scanner, a fixed 12.7 mm machine gun and a rotatable water cannon. Furthermore, they are equipped with photographic and video equipment to collect evidence.[7]

Inshore boats

The inshore boats are mostly deployed within a mile from the coast. The boats of the type RHIB Sea 700 are in service in the Coast Guard since September 13, 1997. They have a curb and therefore very suitable for carrying out boarding operations on other boats without damaging them. In addition, the boats, with a speed above 40 knots (74 km/h), are very quick and well able to chase suspicious boats and arrest suspects. The Coast Guard has six of these boats.[citation needed]


The Coast Guard has twelve Super Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, or SuperRhibs. These high-speed boats, capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots (74 km/h) and highly maneuverable, are very suitable for carrying out boarding operations. The crew of the SuperRHIB can be up to six people. The SuperRHIBs have a length of 12.2 metres (40 ft), a width of 3.3 metres (11 ft), a height of 3.3 metres (11 ft) and a weight of 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg). Whereas the inshore boats operate mostly close to shore, the SuperRHIBs operate at much wider and longer distance at sea. The inboard diesel engines and the longer form of the hull allow the SuperRHIB to deal with even worse weather conditions while maintaining good sailing characteristics.[citation needed]

AgustaWestland AW139

An AW139 from the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard

The DCCG employs two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters for high speed chase, and search and rescue operations. The AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters are stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Hato and will be replaced by AgustaWestland AW189 rotorcraft.[8] These helicopters are operated on a long term contract basis by the Bristow Helicopters division of the Bristow Group, a worldwide commercial helicopter operator.[9]

Bombardier Dash 8

Since the autumn of 2007, the DCCG has two Bombardier Dash 8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (designated MPA-D8). These planes are built to the specific needs of DCCG, based on required Coast Guard tasks such as search and rescue, and fisheries and environmental monitoring. These two Dash 8 turboprop aircraft are equipped with modern day and night capabilities in order to obtain optimal results in the performance of their duties. These resources include specially designed hatches for dropping life rafts and drift / marker buoys, a high power searchlight in the nose of the aircraft with the aim to see and be seen in search situations, radar, and a communication and interlink software system. All these resources make the Dash 8 an ideal airplane in a coordinating role between various units and the RCC. Besides these functions, both Dash 8s can be deployed before, during and after hurricane passages to move people and resources to those areas that need help. For these missions, the Dash 8s can be converted into transport aircraft configurations.[citation needed]

West Indies Guard Ship

The West Indies Guard Ship (WIGS) is a ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy that rotates about every six months. It can be a frigate but more commonly one of the Navy's Holland-class offshore patrol vessels is deployed to the region.[10][11] This vessel usually carries an NHIndustries NH90 helicopter for search and rescue tasks and pursuit of suspect vessels.[12]

A special boarding team from the U.S. Coast Guard can be embarked on board the WIGS, authorized to carry out boardings beyond the territorial waters of the Dutch Caribbean islands. This cooperation between Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands, Sint Maarten, the United States, and other actors is formalized in the Joint Interagency Task Force South, situated in Key West, Florida, United States.[citation needed]


DCCG has approximately 160 personnel. Of these, 140 come from Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, and 20 from the Royal Netherlands Navy. These 160 consist mostly of personnel actually deployed to carry out operations and the occupation of the Coast Guard bases. In addition, there are about 15 employees who staff the Operations Center / RCC 24 hours a day.[citation needed]


Officer ranks
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard
Kapitein der 1ste klasse Kapitein Stuurman der 1ste klasse Stuurman
Enlisted ranks
NATO code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard

Opperschipper Schipper Bootsman Kwartiermeester Vol matroos der 1e klasse Vol matroos Matroos Licht matroos

See also


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  2. ^ Rijkswet Kustwacht voor Aruba, Curaçao en Sint Maarten alsmede voor de openbare lichamen Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba [Coast Guard Act for Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten as well as for the public bodies Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba] (in Dutch). 8 April 2008.
  3. ^ "SAR-Plan DCCG edition 2011" (PDF). Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2016. ...the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG).
  4. ^ a b "Kustwacht Caribisch Gebied". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Missie en visie" (in Dutch). Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Fleet". Kustwacht Caribisch Gebied.
  7. ^ Eric Wertheim (2007). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Naval Institute Press. p. 503. ISBN 9781591149552. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Helispot.be | Helikopters BE".
  9. ^ https://www.bristowgroup.com/services/government-services
  10. ^ "Holland class Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV Royal Netherlands Navy".
  11. ^ "Royal Netherlands Navy to Upgrade Four Holland-Class Ocean-going Patrol Vessels". 24 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Holland Class Offshore Patrol Vessels".