HNLMS Witte de With (1928)

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Career
Name: Witte de With
Namesake: Witte de With
Builder: Fijenoord
Laid down: 28 May 1927
Launched: 11 September 1928
Commissioned: 20 February 1930
Fate: Scuttled, 2 March 1942
General characteristics
Class & type: Admiralen-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,316 long tons (1,337 t) standard
1,640 long tons (1,666 t) full load
Length: 98 m (321 ft 6 in)
Beam: 9.53 m (31 ft 3 in)
Draft: 2.97 m (9 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: Parsons geared turbines
3 × Yarrow type boilers
31,000 hp (23 MW)
2 shafts
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 3,200 nmi (5,900 km; 3,700 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 149
Armament: • 4 × 120 mm (4.7 in) guns (4×1)
• 1 × 75 mm (3 in) AA gun
• 4 × 40 mm (1.6 in) AA guns
• 4 × 12.7 mm (0.50 in) guns
• 6 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (2×3)
Aircraft carried: 1 × seaplane

HNLMS Witte de With (Dutch: Hr.Ms. Witte de With) was an Admiralen-class destroyer, named after a famous Dutch admiral of the 17th century. She served during World War II.

Service history[edit]

The ship was laid down on 28 May 1927 at the shipyard of Fijenoord in Rotterdam and launched on 11 September 1928. The ship was commissioned on 20 February 1930.[1]

16 November 1935 Witte de With her sister Van Galen and the cruiser Sumatra made a visit to Saigon.[2]

On 23 August 1936 Sumatra, her sister Java and the destroyers Van Galen, Witte de With and Piet Hein where present at the fleet days held at Surabaya. Later that year on 13 November both Java-class cruisers and the destroyers Evertsen, Witte de With and Piet Hein made a fleet visit to Singapore. Before the visit they had practiced in the Chinese Sea.[3]

World War II[edit]

The ship took part in the Battle of the Java Sea on 27 February 1942. HMS Exeter was damaged in the battle and escorted back to Surabaya by Witte de With. A few days later Witte de With was attacked and damaged by Japanese planes on 1 March 1942. The next day she was scuttled.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "netherlandsnavy.nl". Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  2. ^ "scheepvaartmuseum.nl :: Maritieme kalender 1935". Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  3. ^ "scheepvaartmuseum.nl :: Maritieme kalender 1936". Retrieved 2013-10-12.