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Ship Flights and Aircraft-Carrying Ships

This page gives details of the ships which were, or are, used by the aircraft and helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service.

GM Patrol Boats (Seaplane Tender)
Several former Governments Marine (i.e. NEI coast guard) patrol boats were taken over at the outbreak of World War 2 and passed to the MLD for operational support of flying boat operations in outlying areas. The ferried fuel and provided a mobile maintenance base for the aircraft. All these ships were subsequently either sunk by enemy action of scuttled to prevent their capture.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
-HrMS ArendSeptember 1939 (1-2 March 1942)n/a
-HrMS ValkSeptember 1939 (1-2 March 1942)n/a
-HrMS FazantSeptember 1939 (1 March 1942)n/a
-HrMS ReigerSeptember 1939 (28 February 1942)n/a
-HrMS MerelSeptember 1939 (2 March 1942)n/a
-HrMS PoolsterSeptember 1939 (1 March 1942)n/a
-HrMS BellatrixSeptember 1939 (1 March 1942)n/a

Java-class (Light Cruiser)
Carried one Fokker C.XI-W, which was launched by craning it over the side. Sunk in the Battle of Java Sea.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
n/aHrMS Java1 May 1925(27 February 1942)n/a

Tromp-class (Light Cruiser)
Survived World War 2 and retired in the mid 1950s. Carried one Fokker C.XI-W, which was launched by craning it over the side.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
D28*HrMS Tromp18 August 19381 December 1955n/a
* postwar: KL-2, C804, A878

De Ruyter-class (Light Cruiser)
The only KM ship with a (Heinkel built) aircraft launching catapult. Torpedoed 27 February 1942 and sunk the following day in Battle of Java Sea. Carried one Fokker C.XI-W.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
n/aHrMS De Ruyter3 October 1936 (28 February 1942)n/a

? class (Aircraft Carrier)
Escort Carrier, ex-HMS Nairana, from the Royal Navy on a two year loan commencing 20 March 1946. First Dutch commision 26 March 1946. Carried an air group of Fairey Firefly Is, later replaced by Mk4s and 5s. Returned to UK 9 March 1948.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
QH1HrMS Karel Doorman26 March 1946 9 March 1948n/a

Colossus-class (Aircraft Carrier)
Light Fleet Carrier, ex-HMS Venerable, from the Royal Navy. Purchased by the Dutch 1 April 1948, and commisioned 28 May 1948. 2 year refit completed July 1958 (including angled flight deck, steam catapults, landing mirrors etc). The fighter squadron was withdrawn from the air group in 1964. Taken out of service in 1966 for refit, but sold to Argentina 15 October 1968 as 'Il 25 de Mayo'.
[See Air Pictorial November 1965 for ship operations].
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
R81HrMS Karel Doorman28 May 1948 15 October 1968KD

'Van Speijk'-class (General Purpose Frigate)
Based on the Royal Navy's 'Leander' class. One helicopter each - initially a Wasp, later a Lynx. All sold to Indonesia in the 1980s.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
F802Van Speijk14 February 1967 1986S
F803Van Galen1 March 19671987G
F804Tjerk Hiddes19671986TH
F805Van Nes9 August 19671986VN
F814Isaac Sweers15 May 19681 November 1990IS
F815Evertsen21 December 19671989EV

'Tromp'-class (Air Defence Frigate)
Up to two helicopters each, but usually only one - initially Wasp, later Lynx.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
F801Tromp3 October 1975 1999TR
F806De Ruyter3 June 19762001DR

S-class/'Kortenaer'-class (General Purpose Frigate)
Up to two helicopters each, but usually only one - initially Wasp, later Lynx.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
F807Kortenaer26 October 19781997KN
F808Callenburgh26 July 19791994CB
F809Van Kinsbergen24 April 19801995KB
F810Banckert29 October 19801993BK
F811Piet Hein14 April 19811998PH
F816Abraham Crijnssen26 January 19831997AC
F823Philips Van Almonde2 December 19812002PA
F824Bloys Van Treslong25 November 19822003BT
F825Jan Van Brakel14 April 19832001JB
F826Pieter Florisz1 October 19832001PF

'Poolster'-class (Fast Combat Support Ship)
Up to five helicopters each, but usually only one. (Zuiderkruis can only hold 2 helicopters). Initially Wasp, later Lynx.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
A832Zuiderkruis27 June 1975 currentZK
A835Poolster10 September 1964by 1997 PS

??-class (Survey Ship)
One helicopter - initially Wasp, later Lynx.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
A906TydemanNovember 19761 February 2007??

'Amsterdam'-class (Fast Combat Support Ship)
Normally two to three Lynx/NH.90 helicopters each.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
A836Amsterdam1995current??

'Rotterdam'-class (Amphibious Transport Ship)
Normally four to six Lynx/NH.90 helicopters each.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
L800Rotterdam1998current??
L801Johan de Witt2007current??

M-class/'Karel Doorman'-class (Multi-Purpose Guided Missile Frigate)
Normally one Lynx helicopter each.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
F827Karel Doorman19912005??
F828Van Speijk1995current??
F829Willem van der Zaan28 November 19912005??
F830Tjerk Hiddes19913 February 2006??
F831Van Amstel1993current??
F832Abraham van der Hulst1993Nov 2004??
F833Van Nes19942006??
F834Van Galen19942006??

'De Zeven Provincien'-class (Guided Missile Frigate)
Normally one Lynx helicopter each.
Pennant NumberHrMS (Name)CommissionedDecommissionedDeck Code
F802De Zeven Provincien26 April 2002current??
F803Tromp14 March 2003current??
F804De RuyterMarch 2004current??
F805Evertsen10 June 2005current??


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