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Van Galen Class, Dutch Destroyers


Photograph of Dutch destroyer Van Galen

Koninklijke Marine. Via Wikipedia Commons.

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Specifications:


Tonnage 1316 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 321'10" by 31'6" by 9'8"
98,09m by 9.60m by 2.95m
Maximum speed       36 knots
Complement 120
Armament 4x1 4.7"/50 guns
75mm/60 AA gun
4 4x1 40mm Bofors AA guns
4 0.50 machine guns
2x3 21" torpedo tubes
Depth charges
Minesweeping gear
Machinery
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (31,000 shp)
3 Yarrow boilers
Bunkerage 330 tons fuel oil
Range 3300 nautical miles (6100 km) at 15 knots


The Van Galens were near-sisters of the Van Ghents (the two classes sometimes being listed together as the Admiralen class) but were built in 1927-31 without British assistance. They were completed with higher-pressure boilers. a more effective antiaircraft battery featuring the 40mm Bofors, and minesweeping rather than minelaying gear. Though obsolescent by the start of the Pacific War, the Admiralens formed the main Dutch destroyer strength in the Netherlands East Indies. All were lost during the war, although the Banckert was partially salvaged by the Japanese and returned to the Dutch after the surrender.


Units in the Pacific:

Witte de With     
off Paternoster Island in the Flores Sea Damaged by aircraft and scuttled 1942-3-2 at Surabaya
Banckert
off Paternoster Island in the Flores Sea Damaged by aircraft and scuttled 1942-3-2 at Surabaya
Van  Nes
transiting Sunda Strait en route to Singapore     
Sunk by aircraft 1942-2-17 in Banka Straits


References

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



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