The Belgian Defence comprises four branches: the Land Component, the Air Component, the Naval Component and the Medical Component. It is currently active in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq.The Belgian Defence contributes to national security in order to preserve our country’s national interests. This contribution is demonstrated by a wide variety of activities:
- participating in collective defence, including operations to prevent and deter armed attacks against one or more NATO or EU countries;
- participating in the collective protection of NATO’s and/or the EU’s vital and essential interests;
- protecting fellow citizens or Belgian interests abroad, including the liberation and evacuation of Belgian nationals;
- taking part in security operations, peace-keeping and peace-enforcement in order to prevent the violation of the international rule of law and security or to restore and maintain them;
- taking part in humanitarian operations in order to relieve human suffering;
- contributing to the security of Belgian society within national boundaries, based on specific military expertise or capabilities, or whenever civilian means are insufficient.