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ROYAL DUTCH NAVY (NETHERLANDS)

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KAREL DOORMAN frigates (1991-1995)

Van Nes 2000

Van Amstel 2015

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Karel Doorman (ex-Groningen) F827 364 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 26/2/1985 20/4/1988 31/5/1991 to Belgium 12/2005 (Leopold I)
Willem van der Zaan (ex-Friesland) F829 365 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 6/11/1985 21/1/1989 28/11/1991 to Belgium 12/2005 (Louise-Marie)
Tjerk Hiddes (ex-Utrecht) F830 366 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 28/10/1986 9/12/1989 26/2/1993 to Chile 3/2004 (Almirante Riveros)
Van Amstel F831 367 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 3/5/1988 19/5/1990 27/5/1993 in service (2018)
Abraham van der Hulst F832 368 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 8/2/1989 7/9/1991 15/12/1993 to Chile 3/2004 (Blanco Encalada)
Van Nes F833 369 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 10/1/1990 16/5/1992 24/6/1994 to Portugal 1/2009 (Bartolomeu Dias)
Van Galen F834 370 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 7/6/1990 21/11/1992 1/12/1994 to Portugal 11/2009 (D. Francisco de Almeida)
Van Speijk F828 371 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 1/10/1991 26/3/1994 7/9/1995 in service (2018)

 

Displacement standard, t

2800

Displacement full, t

3320

Length, m

114.4 pp 122.3 oa

Breadth, m

14.4

Draught, m

4.30 hull 6.05 propellers

No of shafts

2

Machinery

F827: CODOG: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey RM-1A gas turbines / 2 Werkspoor-Wärtsilä 12SW 280V12 diesels

F828-834: CODOG: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey RM-1C gas turbines / 2 Werkspoor-Wärtsilä 12SW 280V12 diesels

Power, h. p.

F827: 37530 / 9800

F828-834: 48900 / 9800

Max speed, kts

F827: 29

F828-834: 30

Fuel, t

gas turbine oil

Endurance, nm (kts)

5000(18)

Armament

2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84C), 1 x 16 Sea Sparrow SAM (VLS, 16 RIM-7M), 1 x 1 - 76/62 OTO Melara Compact, 1 x 7 - 30/77 Goalkeeper, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 4 - 324 Mk 32 mod. 9 TT (Mk 46 mod. 5), 1 helicopter (SH-14D Sea Lynx)

Sensors

F827: type 1007, Scout, LW-08, 2x STIR-18, Goalkeeper radars, PHS-36 sonar, AR700 ECM suite, 2x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, SEWACO VIIA CCS

F829: type 1007, Scout, LW-08, 2x STIR-18, Goalkeeper radars, PHS-36 sonar, AR700 ECM suite, 2x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, SEWACO VIIB CCS

F830, 831: type 1007, Scout, SMART-S, LW-08, 2x STIR-18, Goalkeeper radars, PHS-36 sonar, AR700 ECM suite, 2x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, SEWACO VIIB CCS

F828, 832-834: type 1007, Scout, SMART-S, LW-08, 2x STIR-18, Goalkeeper radars, PHS-36, DSBV-61 Anaconda sonars, AR700, 2x APECS II ECM suites, 2x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, SEWACO VIIB CCS

Complement

154

   

Ship project history: This class was originally intended to replace the six elderly US-built frigates of the Roofdier class. Four ships were to have been built, and the design was essentially a scaled-down version of the 'Standard' frigate, with a standard displacement of 1900t and a length overall of 111.8m. Intended to operate primarily in the North Sea, the ships were to be fitted for peacetime surveillance and fishery protection duty, but were to be capable of operating with the 'Standard' in the North Atlantic in the antisubmarine role.

    With the completion of the 'Standard' construction programme there was a crisis at the De Schelde Shipyard, and in order to provide continuity of work the first batch was ordered three years earlier than planned. The contract was signed in June 1985, after the first hull had been laid down. Contracts for the weapons, electronics and command systems were placed later in the same year. A further four ships were ordered in April 1986 to replace the frigates of the Van Speijk class, which were retired early to finance the programme.

    The final design is significantly larger, the lengthened stern section reflecting the decision to provide hangar flight deck facilities for a helicopter larger than the Lynx. To port of the hangar are vertical launch tubes for NATO Sea Sparrow, which have replaced the conventional eight-cell box launcher. Other changes reflect the lessons of the Falklands crisis and advances in electronics. In particular, the original DAISY computer bank has been superseded by a combat system based around a triple Ethernet-based databus, which allows the physical distribution of processors and databases over the whole area of the ship. The sides of the hull and superstructure have been angled to maximize radar discretion, and a passive 'rudder-roll' stabilization system is fitted in place of the traditional fins.

    Otherwise the ships reflect many of the original requirements. Three semi-rigid inflatables are carried for boarding ships and oil rigs, and there is accommodation for a detachment of 30 marines. Extensive automation has enabled the crew size to be reduced to 154 officers and men.

    The decision to order the ships earlier than planned has resulted in the hulls being ready in advance of much of their equipment. KareI Doorman was completed with the less powerful Spey SM-1A gas turbine, and has run trials lacking the SMART 3-D radar, the US Argo APECS II EW suite, and the Thomson-CSF DSBV-61 Anaconda towed array.

Modernizations: 1992, Karel Doorman, Willem van der Zaan: + SMART-S radar

early 1990s, Karel Doorman, Willem van der Zaan, Tjerk Hiddes, Van Amstel: + 2x APECS-II ECM suites

2004, all: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 12.7/90

2012, Van Speijk: - 1 helicopter (SH-14D Sea Lynx), DSBV-61 Anaconda sonar, SEWACO VIIB CCS; + 1 helicopter (NH 90), Gatekeeper e/o system, IRFLAS sonar, SEWACO XI CCS

2014, Van Amstel: - 1 helicopter (SH-14D Sea Lynx), SEWACO VIIB CCS; + 1 helicopter (NH 90), Gatekeeper e/o system, IRFLAS sonar, SEWACO XI CCS

 

Naval service: No significant events.

Van Speijk 2002

 

Ivan Gogin, 2018