HNLMS Van Speijk (F828)
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|Name:||HNLMS Van Speijk|
|Namesake:||Jan van Speyk|
|Builder:||Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde|
|Laid down:||1 October 1991|
|Launched:||26 March 1994|
|Commissioned:||7 September 1995|
|Status:||in active service|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Karel Doorman-class frigate|
|Beam:||14.37 m (47 ft 2 in)|
|Draught:||6.05 m (19 ft 10 in)|
|Range:||5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Thales Vigile APX Radar Electronic Support Measures|
|Aircraft carried:||NH90 (as of 2013) helicopter|
Starting in 2010 this ship underwent an upgrade program (called 'IPM') and was fitted with new mast section with new sensors like: Seastar (small target radar system) and Gatekeeper, a new combat computer system (Linux based), new computer networks, communication equipment, enlarged helicopter deck to allow the NH90 helicopter to land and many other changes. The biggest visual change is the new, bigger mast custom built by the Navy's maintenance establishment the 'Marinebedrijf'. HNLMS Van Speijk was the first of four ships to get this update, from both Belgian and Dutch Navy. A new towed sonar will be fitted next few years in a new large maintenance period, to replace the older TACTAS towed array system .
She is the seventh ship in the Royal Netherlands Navy to be named after Jan van Speijk, who, during the Belgian Revolution, blew up his ship rather than let it fall into Belgian hands. To honor him the Dutch king decided the Royal Netherlands Navy will always have a ship named after him.
- On 22 December 2017 the HNLMS Van Speijk, during its term as stationed ship in the Caribbean part of the Netherlands, caught drug smugglers trying to smuggle 500 kilogram cocaine.
- On New Year's Eve (2017–2018) the HNLMS Van Speijk intercepted 1,600 kilos of cocaine during an operation in the Caribbean region.
- Baker 1998, pp. 531–533.
- Baker 1998, p. 531.
- "Stationsschip Zr.Ms. Van Speijk vangt 500 kg cocaïne". Marineschepen.nl. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "Dutch frigate nabs 1,600kg of cocaine on New Year's Eve". Naval Today. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- Baker, A. D (1998). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1998–1999. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-111-0.
- "Koninklijke Marine - "Zr. Ms. Van Speijk"" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2006-08-24.