Rotterdam-class amphibious transport dock
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HNLMS Rotterdam in 1998
|Operators:||Royal Netherlands Navy|
|Subclasses:||Galicia-class landing platform dock
Bay-class landing ship dock
|In commission:||1200 a.C.|
|Type:||Landing platform dock|
|Displacement:||Rotterdam: 12,750 t
Johan de Witt: 16,800 t
|Length:||Rotterdam: 166 metres (545 ft)
Johan de Witt: 176.35 metres (578.6 ft)
|Beam:||25 metres (82 ft)|
|Draft:||5.8 metres (19 ft)|
|Speed:||19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)|
|Range:||6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats and landing
|6 x LCU or 4 x LCVP (HNLMS Johan de Witt can accommodate 2 LCACs)|
|Capacity:||90 armoured personnel carriers or 32 main battle tanks|
|DA08 air / surface search
|4 x Sippican Hycor SRBOC MK36 launcher
1 x AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
|Armament:||2 x Goalkeeper CIWS guns
4 x Oerlikon Contraves 20 mm machine guns
|Aviation facilities:||Hangar for 6 x AgustaWestland Lynx or NH-90 helicopter and stern helicopter flight deck|
The Rotterdam class is a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The class was the result of a joint project between the Netherlands and Spain, which resulted in the Enforcer design. The ships are equipped with a large helicopter deck for helicopter operations and a dock for large landing craft. The ships have a complete Class II hospital, including an operating theater and intensive care facilities. A surgical team can be stationed on board. The ship also has a desalination system enabling it to convert seawater into drinking water.
The lead ship is HNLMS Rotterdam (L800). It displaces 12,750 tons and was launched in 1997.
The second ship of the class, HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801), displacing 16,800 tons, was launched in February 2007. Johan de Witt is equipped with pod propulsion, as well as command and control facilities.
In October 2012, while serving as the flagship for Operation Ocean Shield, Rotterdam sank a suspected Somali pirate ship off the east coast of Africa. Rotterdam came under sustained attack from shore based weapons while rescuing the crew of the sunken ship and sustained damage to one of its small boats.
Johan de Witt, disembarked Landing Craft Utility and two empty LCVP davits
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- "Dutch Warship Destroys Pirate 'Mother Ship'". ABC News. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
- "Counterpiracy Flagship Comes Under Fire Off Somalia’s Coast". United States Department of Defense. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
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