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VAN SPEIJK frigates (1967-1968)


Evertsen 1973


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Van Speijk F802 517 NDSM, Amsterdam 1.10.1963 5.3.1965 14.2.1967 to Indonesia 11.1986 (Slamet Riyadi)
Van Galen F803 321 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 25.7.1963 19.6.1965 1.3.1967 to Indonesia 11.1987 (Yos Sudarso)
Tjerk Hiddes F804 518 NDSM, Amsterdam 1.6.1964 17.12.1965 16.8.1967 to Indonesia 10.1986 (Ahmad Yani)
Van Nes F805 322 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 25.7.1963 26.3.1966 9.8.1967 to Indonesia 11.1988 (Oswald Sihaan)
Isaac Sweers F814 519 NDSM, Amsterdam 5.5.1965 10.3.1967 15.5.1968 to Indonesia 11.1990 (Karel Satsuitubun)
Evertsen F815 328 KM De Schelde, Vlissingen 6.7.1965 18.6.1966 21.12.1967 to Indonesia 11.1989 (Abdul Halim Perdanakasuma)

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

109.7 wl 113.4 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



2 sets Werkspoor-English Electric geared steam turbines, 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t


Endurance, nm(kts)4500(12)

2 x 4 Seacat GWS22 SAM (16 Seacat), 1 x 2 - 120/45 RP41 Mk 6, 1 x 3 Limbo Mk 10 ASWRL, 1 helicopter (Wasp HAS.1)

Electronic equipmentLW-03, DA-02, M45, 2x M44, TM1229C radars, type 170B, type 162 sonars


Standard scale images

<i>Tjerk Hiddes </i>1975
Tjerk Hiddes 1975
<i>Van Speijk </i>1980
Van Speijk 1980


<i>Evertsen </i>1973
Evertsen 1973
<i>Van Galen </i>1980 <i>Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.</i>  
Van Galen 1980 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.  

Project history

Built to replace the elderly DEs of the Van Amstel class, the Van Speijks were an adaptation of the British Leander class. In order to facilitate rapid construction few changes were made in the basic design, and even the armament of the British ships was adopted in its entirely, thus adding the 114mm gun to the 120mm standard in other Netherlands vessels. The stipulation that as much equipment of Netherlands manufacture as possible be  incorporated led to a number of changes in other areas, in particular the surveillance radars and fire control systems, which were provided by HSA. The size advantage of the small M44 director provided for Seacat over the British model enabled a second launcher to be worked in on the hangar roof.

Four ships were ordered in 1962, with the other two following in 1964. They were the first Netherlands escorts to operate helicopters, and on completion were quickly integrated into the ASW squadrons alongside the Holland and Friesland classes.

Modernizations 1.

1979, Van Speijk; 11.1979, Van Galen; 11.1980, Van Nes; 8.1981, Tjerk Hiddes; 11.1982, Evertsen; 10.1983, Isaac Sweers: - 1 x 2 - 120/45, 1 x 3 Limbo ASWRL, DA-02 radar, type 170B, type 162 sonars; + 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84A), 1 x 1 - 76/62 OTO-Melara Compact, 2 x 3 - 324 TT, DA-05 radar, CWE-610, PDE-700 sonars, 2 UA-13/FH-12 ESM, 2 Corvus decoy launchers, SEWACO V CCS, hangar was enlarged for Lynx helicopter

mid-1980, Isaac Sweers, Evertsen: - PDE-700 sonar; + SQR-18A sonar

Naval service

No significant events.