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ROYAL DUTCH NAVY (NETHERLANDS)

OTHER FIGHTING SHIPS

"A" gunboats (1942/1945)

Van Speijk 1945

Van Speijk 1955

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
"A"   P. Smit, Rotterdam 8/1939 23/11/1940 10/1941 // --- captured incomplete by Germany 5/1940 (K1)
"B"   Gusto, Schiedam 1939 28/6/1941 11/1942 // --- captured incomplete by Germany 5/1940 (K2)
Van Speijk (ex-K3, ex-"C") N5, 1950- F805 P. Smit, Rotterdam 6/1939 22/3/1941 1/1942 // 5/1945 captured incomplete by Germany 5/1940 (K3), returned 5/1945, stricken 6/1960

  

Displacement standard, t

1300

Displacement full, t

1470

Length, m

75.2 pp 77.9 oa

Breadth, m

10.2

Draught, m

2.88 normal 3.90 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

as designed: Burmeister & Wain diesels

Van Speijk as commissioned: HKD diesels

Power, h. p.

as designed: 3500

Van Speijk as commissioned: 1760

Max speed, kts

as designed: 19

Van Speijk as commissioned: 14.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 157

Endurance, nm(kts)

as designed: 4000(12)

Van Speijk as commissioned: 6900(12)

Armour, mm

belt: 60 - 40, deck: 35 - 20, turrets: 60, CT: 20

Armament

as designed: 2 x 2 - 120/45 Wilton-Fijenoord Nr.8, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Nr.3, 2 x 2 - 12.7/90, 2 DCR (24), sweeps

Van Speijk as commissioned: 2 x 2 - 120/45 Wilton-Fijenoord Nr.8, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 2 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 8 DCT, 80 mines

Complement

as designed: 99

Van Speijk as completed: 161

Ship project history: First in a series from 7 ships, but building of four was canceled 14/5/1940. They were designed as multipurpose ships, capable to act against a shore and to be used as escorts, owing to what they should had developed armour protection, and DP guns. The latters consisted of 120mm/45 Bofors guns similar to installed on Gerard Callenburg class destroyers. Guns should be installed in turrets with maximal 80 elevation angle, allowing to use them as antiaircraft. 40mm Boforses were equipped with Hazemeyer directors. Besides, ships had also mechanical sweeps.

All three ships were captured by Germans on slipways and completed for Kriegsmarine under changed design as K1-3. K1 was lost 5/5/1945. K2 was hard damaged 28/9/1944; after war she was returned to the Netherlands and broken up. K3 was returned to the Netherlands as Van Speijk.

Ship protection: The armoured belt covered about 63% of waterline length; abreast machinery its thickness was 50-60mm, and near ship ends 40mm, 20-35mm armoured deck was connected with upper edge of the belt; gun turrets, conning tower and gun director were also protected.

Modernizations: 1949, Van Speijk: - 2 x 4 - 20/65

1950, Van Speijk: - 2 x 2 - 37/83, 2 x 2 - 20/65; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

1953, Van Speijk: diesels were replaced by new Sulzer from submarine O23 (5250hp, 17.5kts), displacement was 1381/1404t; - 2 x 1 - 20/70

1958, Van Speijk: + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

Naval service: No significant events.

K3 (future Van Speijk)

Ivan Gogin, 2011-15