Netherlands Navy

The Royal Netherlands Navy dates back to the 16th century where it was one of the most powerful navies in the world, fighting against most of its European neighbours. Today it is a much more modest force but carries on long standing traditions of duty and seamanship. Based largely on Frigates this very capable navy has some excellent ships.

Tromp Class: Built to be Task Group (TG) Flagships, these two area air defence ships would be classed as Destroyers in most other navies. At 4000 tons and carrying both long range 'Standard' Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) for air defence and short range 'Sea Sparrow', these ships could simultaneously protect the TG and themselves. Commissioned in 1975 & 76 they are approaching their mid life point in Northern Fury.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
F801Tromp Dry DockAmsterdamHigh Readiness
F806De Ruyter Active North Sea

Karel Doorman Class: These multi-purpose ships are emerging from the building yards as war starts. The lead ship in the Class was commissioned in 1991, while the 6th ship was rushed into commission in December of 1993, the 7th is fitting out and should be commissioned in several months, leaving only the last ship in the class on the sidelines. Although not overly capable in any one role, these ships provide very capable and modern sensors to a TG and, like most Frigates, make an excellent life support system for an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter, in this case the Westland Lynx.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
F827Karel Doorman Active Baltic Patrol
F829Willem van der Zaan Active MediterraneanCruise
F830Tjerk Hiddes Active North Sea Training
F831Van Amstel Active North Sea Port Call London
F832Abraham van der Hulst Active Rotterdam Maintenance
F833Van Nes Active North Sea STANAVFORLANT
F834Van Galen Fitting outAmsterdam
F828Van Speijk Building Amsterdam

Kortenaer Class: This class of 10 ships were very similar to the German Bremen class and were primarily an ASW patrol and escort ship. Slightly larger than the Karel Doorman class these ships carried two helicopters, but otherwise had a similar armament and older sensors.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
F807Kortenaer ActiveNorth Sea Training
F808Callenburgh ActiveWest Pacific Port Call NZ
F809Van Kinsbergen ActiveDen Helder Tied up
F810Banckert ActiveCarribian Patrol
F811Piet Heyn ActiveDen Helder Tied up
F816Abraham Crijnssen Refit Rotterdam
F823Philips van Almonde ActiveDen Helder Tied up
F824Bloys van Treslong ActiveAtlantic Transit from US
F825Jan van Brakel ActiveSouth AtlanticPort Call Buenos Aires
F826Pieter Florisz ActiveDen Helder Tied up

Jacob van Heemskerck Class: These two ships were based on the Kortenaer class, modified to replace the ASW helicopters with the same AD capabilities as the Tromp class with 40 'Standard' medium range SAMs and 24 'Sea Sparrow' point defence SAMs. The lack of helicopters meant that these ships needed to pair up with a Kortenaer class to have ASW protection, but they could perform the role of an AD Destroyer from the hull of a Frigate.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
F812Jacob van HeemskerckActiveNorth Sea Tied up
F813Witte de With ActiveWest Pacific Training

Alkmaar class Minehunter: This is the Dutch version of the Tripartite class. Conceived and built together with the French and Belgians this class of ship is the modern mainstay of NATO's mine hunting force. The Netherlands has 15 of these vessels. NATO has three 'Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups' (SNMCMG): SNMCMG-1 normally remains in northern Europe and is stationed in the English Channel. SNMCMG-2 is in the Mediterranean and is usually operating in the Adriatic off of Croatia. Finally, SNMCMG-3 (only in the Northern Fury world) is stationed in Djibouti and patrols the entrance to the Red Sea.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
M850Alkmaar ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M851Delfzijl ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M852Dordrecht ActiveOstend SNMCMG1
M853Haarlem ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M854Harlingen ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M855Scheveningen ActiveOstend SNMCMG1
M856Maasluis ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M857Makkum ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M858Middelburg ActiveOstend SNMCMG1
M859Hellevoetsluis ActiveOstend SNMCMG1
M860Schiedam ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M861Urk ActiveDen Helder Tied up
M862Zierikzee ActiveMediterranean SNMCMG2
M863Vlaardingen ActiveMediterranean SNMCMG2
M864Willemstad ActiveMediterranean SNMCMG3

AOR (Fast Replenishment Ships): In 1994 the Dutch Navy had two replenishment ships. HNLMS Poolster was about to go out of service later in 1994 and HNLMS Zuidekruis which was based on the Poolster's design but was 10 years newer. These two ships provided underway replenishment for the remainder of the navy and other NATO navies as well.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
A835Poolster ActiveDen HelderTied up
A832ZuiderkruisActiveDen HelderTied up

Submarines: Due to increased tensions, the last of the Walrus class boats was accelerated into service, being commissioned in Jan instead of July of 1994. All other classes were retired including the two Zwaardvis class boats which were decommissioned early.

Walrus Class: These four boats are excellent blue water SSKs which are extremely quiet due to an advanced tail configuration. These boats are fast, quiet and deadly.

PennantShipStatusLocationTask
S802Walrus Active North Sea Patrol
S803ZeeleeuwActive Atlantic Patrol
S808Dolfijn Active Den Helder Tied up
S810BruinvisFitting out Den Helder Tied up

Maritime Aviation

P-3C Orion: The Royal Netherlands Navy operates two Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) using the P-3C aircraft, a total of 13 were acquired. Both 320 and 321 Squadrons operated out of Valkenburg. Although each Sqn operates six aircraft, there are two permanently located at Curacao in the Caribbean and two more permanently located an NAS Sigonella in the Mediterranean.

Lynx: Three different versions of this helicopter were used: The Mk.25 (SH-14A) was used for utility and SAR missions, six were used and they are being upgraded to the (SH-14B) model. The 18 Mk.27 initially received had basic ASW capability and have been upgraded to the Mk.81/SH-14C standard by adding a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD). The SH-14C are capable of carrying out the SAR task as well.