Friesland-class destroyer

The Friesland-class destroyers[a] were built for the Royal Netherlands Navy in the 1950s. They were a larger modified version of the Holland class with more powerful machinery. Eight ships were built.[1] They were replaced by the Kortenaer-class frigates in the early 1980s and seven ships were sold to the Peruvian Navy where they served until 1991. The main armament was supplied by Bofors.[2]

Hr. Ms. Amsterdam (1958).jpg
Friesland-class destroyer HNLMS Amsterdam
(without 2 Bofors 40mm on bridge)
Class overview
Name: Friesland class
Preceded by: Holland class
Built: 1951-1958
In commission: 1956-1991
Completed: 8
Retired: 8
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 2497 standard, 3070 tons full load
Length: 116 m (381 ft)
Beam: 11.7 m (38 ft)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft geared turbines, 4 BW boilers, Super-heated steam @ 620psi, 60,000 hp
Speed: 36 kn (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 284
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar LW-02, DA-01, ZW-01, M45, Sonar Type PAE 1N, Type CWE 10

The machinery was identical to that used in the American Gearing-class destroyers and manufactured under licence by Werkspoor. The radar was manufactured by Hollandse Signaalapparaten.


After World War II, the Royal Netherlands Navy had to be rebuilt.[3] There were different visions about what the navy should look like, opinions on the subject - or fantasies - diverged. One of the plans was based on the Royal Netherlands Navy having no less than 48 submarine destroyers. That number, however, was quickly scaled back. For the 1947 budget, funds were included for the first time for the new ships: the so-called "Submarine Destroyer 1947".[2] In 1948 six ships of these Holland-class destroyers were ordered, but only 4 would eventually be built. In 1948 it was announced that the Dutch navy would purchase, alongside the four "Holland-class" ships, another eight submarine destroyers.[1] In September 1948, a new improved design was made on basis of the Holland-class destroyers, this design was at the time called "Submarine Destroyer 1949" and would later be known as the Friesland-class destroyer. Like the Holland-class destroyers the Friesland-class destroyers were designed by engineer K. de Munter, who was employed at the Bureau Scheepsbouw which fell directly under the Dutch Ministry of the Navy.[2]


In contrast to previous Dutch Navy practice the ships were named after provinces or cities rather than admirals.

Name Pennant number Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Fate
Friesland D812 NDSM, Amsterdam 17 December 1951 21 February 1953 22 March 1956 Broken up 1979
Groningen D813 NDSM, Amsterdam 21 February 1952 9 January 1954 12 September 1956 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1980 as BAP Gálvez
Limburg D814 KM de Schelde, Vlissingen 28 November 1953 5 September 1955 31 October 1956 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1980 as BAP Capitan Quiñones
Overijssel D815 Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam 15 October 1953 8 August 1955 4 October 1957 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1982 as BAP Colonel Bolognesi
Drenthe D816 NDSM, Amsterdam 9 January 1954 26 March 1955 1 August 1957 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1981 as BAP Guise
Utrecht D817 KM de Schelde, Vlissingen 15 February 1954 2 June 1956 1 October 1957 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1980 as BAP Castilla
Rotterdam D818 RDM, Rotterdam 7 January 1954 26 January 1956 28 February 1957 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1981 as BAP Diez Canseco
Amsterdam D819 NDSM, Amsterdam 25 March 1955 25 August 1956 10 April 1958 Sold to the Peruvian Navy 1980 as BAP Villar
bron: Koninklijke Marine


  1. ^ In the Dutch navy the ships where classified as "onderzeebootjagers" literally translated: submarine hunters.
  1. ^ a b "Onderzeebootjagers". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Frieslandklasse onderzeebootjagers". 5 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Hollandklasse onderzeebootjagers". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
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