HNLMS Rotterdam (L800)

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Name: Rotterdam
Builder: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
Laid down: 25 January 1996
Launched: February 1997
Commissioned: 18 April 1998
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Type: Landing platform dock
  • 12,750 t
  • 14,000 full load
Length: 166 metres (545 ft)
Beam: 27 metres (89 ft)
Draft: 6 metres (20 ft)
  • Diesel-electric system
  • 4 × Stork Wärtsilä 12SW28 diesel generators at 14.6 MW
  • 4 × Holec electric motor (two in tandem per shaft) at 12 MW
  • 2 shafts
  • bow thruster
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)
Endurance: 6 weeks
Boats & landing
craft carried:
4 x LCVP
Capacity: 90 armoured personnel carriers or 32 main battle tanks[1]
Troops: 611 marines
Crew: 128
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • DA08 air / surface search
  • SATCOM, Link 11, JMCIS
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
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.[2] 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.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Amfibische transportschepen" (in Dutch). Koninklijke Marine. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dutch Warship Destroys Pirate 'Mother Ship'". ABC News. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "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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