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13th Mechanized Brigade (Netherlands)
Country Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Branch Royal Netherlands Army
Service history
Active 1949–present
Size 3000 personnel
Commanders Brigadier General Gijs van Keulen

The 13th Mechanized Brigade (Dutch language:13 Gemechaniseerde Brigade, 13 Mechbrig

is a brigade of the Royal Netherlands Army. The brigade is in an reorganisation to be a Motorized Brigade. The brigade can be used for combat operations, peace keeping and ceremonial tasks.


The brigade was formed as the 13th Motorized Brigade, and came from the 3rd Infantry Brigade. The 3rd Infantry Brigade was part of the First Division '7 December' which was formed on 1 September 1946. In 1950 the brigade was transformed into a mechanized infantry brigade, the 13th Mechanized brigade, which became part of the 4th Division and was stationed in North Germany. After the reforms of 1970 the brigade became again a part of the First Division. In the early 90's the brigade became a fully mechanized brigade. In 2013, the brigade lost its mechanized infantry fighting vehicles and was equipped with wheeled equipment.


Garde Fuseliers Prinses Irene

Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene

The 13th Mechanized Brigade is made up by the following units:


Dutch YPR-765 in Afghanistan

Dutch YPR-765 in Afghanistan

  • 97 Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicles
  • Boxer amoured vehicle in different types
  • 88 CV9035NL Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

This CV90 replaced in 2014 till 2016 for:


  1. 13 Mechanized Brigade (Dutch)
  2. 13 Mechanized Brigade (English)

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