HNLMS Van Speijk (F828)
|Name:||HNLMS Van Speijk|
|Namesake:||Jan van Speyk|
|Laid down:||1 October 1991|
|Launched:||26 March 1994|
|Commissioned:||7 September 1995|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2016[update]|
|General characteristics |
|Class & 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)|
|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 NL Navy will always have a ship named after him.
- Baker 1998, pp. 531–533.
- Baker 1998, p. 531.
- Baker, A. D (1998). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1998–1999. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-111-4.
- "Koninklijke Marine - "Zr. Ms. Van Speijk"" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2006-08-24.