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|Preceded by||Van Speijk class|
|Succeeded by||Karel Doorman class|
|In commission||1978–present (Hellenic service)|
|Completed||12 (Initially 10 Dutch, 2 Greek)|
|Length||130 m (426 ft 6 in)|
|Beam||14.4 m (47 ft 3 in)|
|Draft||4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)|
|Endurance||4,700 nautical miles at 16 knots (8,700 km at 30 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried||2 × Sea Lynx helicopters (1 in peace-time)|
The Kortenaer class was a class of anti-submarine frigates of the Royal Netherlands Navy. As some of the other frigates of the 1970s and 1980s, they featured a COGOG (combined gas or gas) propulsion system with separate cruise and sprint gas turbines. Ten were built by de Schelde in Vlissingen and two by Wilton-Fijenoord in Schiedam between 1978 and 1982. Only 10 served with the Royal Netherlands Navy: two were sold to Greece while still under construction and replaced by two Jacob van Heemskerck-class frigates which are basically an anti-air warfare (AAW) variant of the Kortenaer class. The Greek frigates were renamed the Elli class.
Eight similar ships were built by Germany during the same period as the Bremen class.
Authorised in the late 1960s, the 'Kortenaer' class was designed to replace older ASW vessels in service in the Dutch navy. Propulsion and machinery were based on gas turbines, giving the maneuverability and speed needed when hunting fast nuclear-powered Soviet submarines.
These frigates did not receive substantial upgrades during their careers.
Two ships, Elli and Limnos, were built for the Greek Navy in 1981, they are referred to as the Elli-class frigates by the Hellenic Navy and have different equipment and weapons from the Dutch ships.
The Imperial Iranian Navy ordered eight modified ships from Royal Schelde but the contract was canceled after the Iranian Revolution.
Ships in the class
The ships were named after Dutch captains and admirals:
|Ship||Pennant No.||Named after||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Decommissioned||Status|
|Kortenaer||F807||Egbert Bartholomeusz Kortenaer||Royal Schelde||8 April 1975||18 December 1976||26 October 1978||1997||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F462 Kountouriotes (Κουντουριώτης)|
|Callenburgh||F808||Gerard Callenburgh||2 September 1975||26 March 1977||26 July 1979||1994||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F459 Adrias (Αδρίας)|
|Van Kinsbergen||F809||Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen||2 September 1975||16 April 1977||24 April 1980||1995||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F461 Navarinon (Ναυαρίνον)|
|Banckert||F810||Joost Banckert||25 February 1976||30 September 1978||29 October 1980||1993||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F460 Aigaion (Αιγαίον)|
|Piet Hein||F811||Piet Pieterszoon Hein||28 April 1977||3 June 1978||14 April 1981||1998||Sold to the United Arab Emirates as Al Emirat|
|Abraham Crijnssen||F816||Abraham Crijnssen||25 October 1978||16 May 1981||6 January 1983||1997||Sold to the United Arab Emirates as Abu Dhabi|
|Philips van Almonde||F823||Philips van Almonde||Wilton-Fijenoord||1 October 1977||11 August 1979||2 December 1981||2002||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F465 Themistoklis (Θεμιστοκλής )|
|Bloys van Treslong||F824||Willem Bloys van Treslong||5 May 1978||15 November 1980||25 November 1982||2003||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F466 Nikiforos Fokas|
|Jan van Brakel||F825||Jan van Brakel||Royal Schelde||16 November 1979||16 May 1981||14 April 1983||2001||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F464 Kanaris (Κανάρης)|
|Pieter Florisz (ex-Willem van der Zaan)||F826||Pieter Florisse||2 January 21, 1981||8 May 1982||1 October 1983||Sold to the Hellenic Navy as F463 Bouboulina (Μπουμπουλίνα), decommissioned in 2013.|
- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995
- W.H.E., van Amstel (1991). De schepen van de Koninklijke Marine vanaf 1945. Alkmaar: De Alk. ISBN 9060139976.