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Ethics in the Royal Netherlands Navy

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The Royal Netherlands Navy is a maritime-military organisation. These two components, maritime and military, mean that the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) holds a unique position in Dutch society. In 2001, the Marine Corps made up the lion's share of the Dutch troops in UNMEE, the UN peace force stationed in the border region of Eritrea and Ethiopia. This chapter discusses ethics in relation to leadership, including an examination of hierarchy in various contexts. It discusses the "deeper questions", and examines the foundation of ethical views in the RNLN. The chapter gives an outline of the philosophy underlying the teaching of ethics in the RNLN. It looks at moral dilemmas on board. On the reassessment of norms and values in the Royal Netherlands Navy. There were various factors which led to this report (popularly known in Dutch as the 'TNT report'), not consisting purely of incidents.

Keywords: Dutch; Eritrea; Marine Corps; Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN); TNT report



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