Deputy Commander of Stability

Rear Admiral Matthieu Borsboom (NL)

Rear Admiral Matthieu Borsboom was born in 1959 in The Hague. He joined the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1978 as midshipman. Being commisioned in 1981, he served on the flagship HNLMS Tromp, as navigation officer on the minesweeper HNLMS Naaldwijk (in STANAVFORCHAN) and as executive officer on the minehunter HNLMS Veere. In 1983, after finishing a year of further study at the University of Groningen, he served as executive officer on the patrol vessel HNLMS Hadda. In 1986 he qualified as Principal Warfare Officer at the Operational School in Den Helder and consequently joined the air defence frigate HNLMS Witte de With. After serving on the flagship HNLMS De Ruyter, he became ASW officer and later head of the operations department on HNLMS Piet Hein, taking part in all kinds of operations, including classified “cold war” ASW operations. In 1989 he was posted with the Operational School leading the office of ASW systems. In 1991 Lieutenant-commander Borsboom was transferred to the operational department of the Centre for Automation of Weapon and Command Systems (CAWCS). In 1993 he went back to sea to serve as executive officer on the M-class frigate HNLMS Willem van der Zaan (participating in the UN operation "Support Democracy" and “Enforce Democracy” near Haïti) and later on HNLMS Philips van Almonde (participating in Partnership Excersises). During 1996 he attended the "Long Staff Course" at the Defence Staff College. In November 1998 he was promoted to Commander and became head of the bureau for underwater sensors at the materiel department of the Ministry of Defence in The Hague for a period of 2 years. In November 1998 he was given command of HNLMS Tjerk Hiddes. From March 1999 until June 2001 he commanded HNLMS Van Speijk (in STANAVFORLANT). After this command tour he was assigned to the Admiralty in The Hague working in the National Plans and Policy department. Being promoted to Captain in June 2002, he became Director of the Centre for Automation of Mission-critical Systems, Force Vision (former CAWCS). During the first half of 2004 he attended the “Advanced Defence Course” at the Defence Staff College. In February 2005 was assigned to the Defence Staff and was promoted to Commodore. In the new defence organisation he was responsible for the requirements process of the armed forces and also chaired the Network Enabled Capabilities Board.
In June 2007 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and became Director of Operational Policy, Requirements and Plans.

eporting directly to the Chief of Defence, he was responsible for current and future operational policy for the joint services as well for formulating all requirements and monitoring all materiel programs. He was also responsible for the integral Defence Plan.
Since 9 november 2008, Rear Admiral Borsboom has taken on the duties of “Deputy Chief of Staff Stability” at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul.

Rear Admiral Borsboom married in 1982, and lives with his wife Ernie Borsboom-Miga in Den Helder. Their three children are all in the Royal Netherlands Navy. Carine and Max as naval officers, Lisanne as a midshipman.