Yas (yacht)

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Yas yacht in Barcelona port.jpg
Yas in port in Barcelona, 2015.
Name: HNLMS Piet Hein
Namesake: Piet Pieterszoon Hein
Operator:  Royal Netherlands Navy
Builder: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde
Laid down: 28 April 1977
Launched: 3 June 1978
Commissioned: 14 April 1981
Decommissioned: 1998
Fate: sold to United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Name: Al Emirat
Owner: United Arab Emirates Navy
Acquired: 1998
Commissioned: 1998
Decommissioned: 2005
Fate: Rebuild as yacht
United Arab Emirates
Name: Yas
Owner: Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Acquired: 2005
Commissioned: 2015
Status: in active service
General characteristics before being rebuild as yacht
  • 3,500 long tons (3,600 t) standard
  • 3,800 long tons (3,900 t) full load
Length: 135 m (442 ft 11 in)
Beam: 14.4 m (47 ft 3 in)
Draft: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
  • 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) cruise
  • 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) maximum
Endurance: 4,700 nautical miles @ 16 knots (8,700 km @ 30 km/h)
Complement: 176–196
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sea Lynx helicopters (1 in peace-time)

Yas is a private superyacht rebuilt by ADMShipyards of Abu Dhabi, launched in 2011 and delivered in 2015.[1] At 141 metres (463 ft) in length she is one of the largest motor yachts in the world.[2]

Piet Hein in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Named Swift141 during development, Yas is based on the hull of a former navy frigate. HNLMS Piet Hein, a Kortenaer-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy was launched in 1978 and sold to the United Arab Emirates Navy where she was operated under the name Al Emirat. A second frigate of the same class is undergoing a similar conversion: HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, renamed Abu Dhabi and Swift135.[3]


  1. ^ "First photos of dolphin-inspired superyacht Yas underway". Boat International.
  2. ^ Vicky Kapur (2011-12-03). "6th largest yacht launched in Abu Dhabi". Emirates 24/7.
  3. ^ Teake Zuidema (2009-11-15). "Nederlandse fregatten worden superjachten in Abu Dabi". Technisch Weekblad (in Dutch).

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