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Rotterdam-class Landing Platform Dock

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The Rotterdam-class is a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The class was the result of a joint project between the Netherlands and Spain, which resulted in the Enforcer design. The ships are equipped with a large helicopter deck for helicopter operations and a dock for large landing craft. The ships have 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.

The lead ship is HNLMS Rotterdam (L800). It displaces 12,750 tons and was launched in 1997. It would later undergo a major rebuild to bring it up to the specifications of its sister ship, the Johan de Witt.

The second ship of the class, HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801), displacing 16,800 tons, was launched in February 2007. The Johan de Witt is equipped with pod propulsion, as well as command and control facilities.

Specifications[edit]

Original Configuration[edit]

  • Type: Landing Platform Dock
  • Service Period: 1998-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 545 feet (166.12 meters)
    • Beam: 82 feet (25 meters)
    • Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)
    • Displacement: 14,054.57 tons
  • Complement: 170 armoured personnel carriers or 33 main battle tanks
  • Crew: 128
  • Endurance: 42 days
  • Propulsion: Diesel-Electric Propulsion, 4 x Stork Wärtsilä 12SW28 diesel generators at 14.6 MW, 4 x Holec electric motor (two in tandem per shaft) at 12 MW, 2 shafts, bow thruster
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers) at 12 knots (22.22 km/h)
  • Speed: 19 knots (35.19 meters)
  • Troops: 611 marines
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Thales Netherlands Variant 2D Combined air / surface radar
    • Thales Netherlands Gatekeeper E/O Warning system
    • IRSCAN
    • SATCOM
    • Link 11
    • JMCIS
  • Countermeasures:
    • 4 x Sippican Hycor SRBOC MK36 launcher
    • 1 x AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
  • Armament:
    • 2 x Goalkeeper CIWS guns
    • 4 x Oerlikon Contraves 20mm machine guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 6 x NHIndustries NH90 or AgustaWestland Lynx
  • Aviation Facilities: Hangar for 6 x AgustaWestland Lynx or NH-90 helicopter and stern helicopter flight deck
  • Boats Carried: 6 x LCU or 4 x LCVP

Johan de Witt Configuration[edit]

  • Type: Landing Platform Dock
  • Service Period: 2007-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 578.6 feet (176.36 meters)
    • Beam: 82 feet (25 meters)
    • Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)
    • Displacement: 18,518.83 tons (Full Load)
  • Complement: 170 armoured personnel carriers or 33 main battle tanks
  • Crew: 146
  • Endurance: 42 days
  • Propulsion: Diesel-Electric Propulsion, 4 x Stork Wärtsilä 12SW28 diesel generators at 14.6 MW, 4 x Holec electric motor (two in tandem per shaft) at 12 MW, 2 shafts, bow thruster
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers) at 12 knots (22.22 km/h)
  • Speed: 19 knots (35.19 meters)
  • Troops: 611 marines
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Thales Netherlands Variant 2D Combined air / surface radar
    • Thales Netherlands Gatekeeper E/O Warning system
    • IRSCAN
    • SATCOM
    • Link 11
    • JMCIS
  • Countermeasures:
    • 4 x Sippican Hycor SRBOC MK36 launcher
    • 1 x AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
  • Armament:
    • 2 x Goalkeeper CIWS guns
    • 4 x Oerlikon Contraves 20mm machine guns
    • 6 x M2 Browning 12.7mm machine guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 6 x NHIndustries NH90 or AgustaWestland Lynx
  • Aviation Facilities: Hangar for 6 x AgustaWestland Lynx or NH-90 helicopter and stern helicopter flight deck
  • Boats Carried: 2 x 7m RHIB, Up to 4 x LCVP or 12m RHIB, 2 x LCU in welldock, Provisions for Combat Boat 90's. Can also accommodate LCACs)

Unit Run[edit]

  • HNLMS Rotterdam (A800)
  • HNLMS Johan de Witt (A801)
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