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|Tonnage||6076 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||424'1" by 55'1" by 22'
129.26m by 16.79m by 6.71m
|Maximum speed||15.5 knots|
||2-shaft reciprocationg (6000
The Op Ten Noort was completed in 1927 as a merchant ship, but was drafted by the Dutch Navy on 1 December 1941 as a hospital ship. Her subsequent career illustrates the viciousness of the Pacific War: bombed by the Japanese on February 22, 1942, in violation of the Hague Conventions; commandeered by the Japanese on February 28, in violation of the Hague Conventions; used by the Japanese in October to transport mines while in hospital colors, in violation of the Hague Conventions; strafed at Palau by American carrier aircraft in violation of the Hague Conventions; scuttled on August 17, 1945, in violation of the ceasefire. There were incidents involving hospital ships on both sides, but most of those involving the Op Ten Noort were clearly deliberate and especially egregious.
While in Japanese service the ship was known as
the Tenno Maru or Hikawa Maru #2. She was
present at Truk during the
Hailstone raid; the American pilots respected her
hospital ship status but sank both the gunboats escorting her. The
twice renamed and fitted with a fake funnel by the Japanese,
to disguise its identity as Op
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