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ROYAL DUTCH NAVY (NETHERLANDS)

OTHER FIGHTING SHIPS

FLORES gunboats (1926)

Soemba 1935

Flores 1954

Soemba 1954

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Flores F66, 1945- N1, 1950- F803 300 Fijenoord, Schiedam 1/1925 15/8/1925 3/1926 barrack ship 5/1955
Soemba T199, 1945- HX1, 1950- A891 304 Wilton, Schiedam 12/1924 24/8/1925 4/1926 TS 5/1946, hulk 1/1956

  

Displacement standard, t

1457

Displacement full, t

1793

Length, m

76.4

Breadth, m

11.5

Draught, m

3.58

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

oil 285

Endurance, nm(kts)

8000(8)
Armour, mm deck: 25 with 50mm slopes, CT: 50, shields: 80 - 14, ammunition hoists: 25

Armament

3 x 1 - 149/50 Bofors Nr.7, 1 x 1 - 75/52 SA Nr.2, 2 x 2 - 12.7/90, 1 seaplane (WA)

Complement

132

Ship project history: Gunboats (sometimes classified as sloops), intended for service in colonies where they should defend approaches to bases and minefields. They had very strong armament for the displacement. Machinery was designed as as much as possible simple in operation for actions on badly equipped theatre.

Ship protection: Ships were protected by 25mm main deck with 50mm slopes. There were no armoured belt.

Modernizations: 9/1941, Flores: + 1 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 2 x 4 - 7.7/87

1942-1944, Flores: - 1 x 1 - 75/52, 2 x 4 - 7.7/87, seaplane; + 1 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1942-1944, Soemba: - seaplane; + 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1944, both: - 3 x 1 - 149/50; + 3 x 1 - 149/50 Bofors Nr.6 (from cruiser Sumatra)

Naval service: Flores was stricken in 1955 and converted to barrack ship. In July, 1960 she was renamed Van Speyk and 5/5/1965 again renamed Flores. She was excluded from fleet list 28/8/1968 and sold on demolition 12/11/1968. Soemba in 1945 was disarmed and converted to training ship for radar operators. She was excluded from fleet list 1/1/1956, converted to divers drill hulk and sold on demolition 12/6/1985.

Soemba

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

Ivan Gogin, 2011-15