HNLMS Rotterdam (L800)
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|Builder:||Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||25 January 1996|
|Commissioned:||18 April 1998|
|Status:||in active service|
|Type:||Landing platform dock|
|Length:||166 metres (545 ft)|
|Beam:||27 metres (89 ft)|
|Draft:||6 metres (20 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 & landing
|4 x LCVP|
|Capacity:||90 armoured personnel carriers or 32 main battle tanks|
|Aviation facilities:||Hangar for 6 x AgustaWestland Lynx or NH-90 helicopter and stern helicopter flight deck|
HNLMS Rotterdam (Dutch: Zr.Ms. Rotterdam) is a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship was the result of a joint project between the Netherlands and Spain, which resulted in the Enforcer design. The ship is equipped with a large helicopter deck for helicopter operations and a dock for large landing crafts. The ship has 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.
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.
- "Amfibische transportschepen" (in Dutch). Koninklijke Marine. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- "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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