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Hr. Ms. Evertsen
Hr. Ms. Piet Hein
Hr. Ms. Van Ghent
Hr. Ms. Kortenaer
Hr. Ms. Van Galen (I)
Hr. Ms. Witte de With
Hr. Ms. Banckert
Hr. Ms. Van Nes
Hr. Ms. Gerard Callenburgh
Hr. Ms. Isaac Sweers
Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes (I)
Hr. Ms. Philips van Almonde
Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes (II)
Hr. Ms. Van Galen (II)
Hr. Ms. Campbeltown

Hr. Ms. Evertsen [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Evertsen
Hr. Ms. Evertsen Picture #01

History
05.08.1925 Laid down
29.09.1926 Launched
12.04.1928 Commissioned
01.03.1942 Beached on th Seboekoe Besa Reef

Captain
18.10.1939-26.03.1940 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse L.J. Goslings
26.03.1940-30.09.1940 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse A. Kroese
01.12.1941-01.03.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse W.M. de Vries

Hr. Ms. Piet Hein [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Piet Hein
Hr. Ms. Piet Hein Picture #02

History
16.08.1925 Laid down
30.06.1927 Launched
25.01.1929 Commissioned
20.02.1942 Sunk near Bali

Captain
23.12.1940-20.02.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse J.M.L.I. Chömpff

Hr. Ms. Van Ghent (ex Hr. Ms. De Ruyter) [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. De Ruyter
Hr. Ms. De Ruyter Picture #03

History
21.08.1925 Laid down
23.10.1926 Launched
31.05.1928 Commissioned
15.02.1942 Beached on the Bamidjo Reef

Captain
06.04.1939-23.12.1940 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse J.M.L.I. Chömpff
24.12.1941-15.02.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse P. Schotel

Hr. Ms. Kortenaer [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Kortenaer
Hr. Ms. Kortenaer Picture #04

History
24.04.1925 Laid down
24.04.1927 Launched
03.09.1928 Commissioned
27.02.1942 Sunk during the Battle of the Java Sea

During the Battle of the Java Sea on the 27th of februari 1942, the "(...) Kortenaer was torpedoed at 1714 and sank quickly (...)"[1]. The Commanding Officer of the nearby U.S. Destroyer, USS John D. Edwards, reported; "(...) the Kortenaer about 700 yards bearing 80° relative was struck on the starboard quarter by a torpedo, blew up, turned over, and sank at once leaving only a jackknifed bow and stern a few feet above the surface. (...)"[2]

Captain
26.03.1940-30.09.1940 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse L.J. Goslings
30.09.1940-27.02.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse A. Kroese

Hr. Ms. Van Galen (I) [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Van Galen
Hr. Ms. Van Galen Picture #05

History
28.05.1927 Laid down
28.06.1928 Launched
22.10.1929 Commissioned
10.05.1940 Sunk near Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

The German forces invaded Holland on the 10th of May 1940 (Operation Fall Gelb). German troops landed with Heinkel HE-59 hydroplanes on the Nieuwe Maas-river in the city of Rotterdam. There also landed airborneunits of the 7th Fliegerdivision in the area of Rotterdam. The troops who landed by hydroplane had to occupy the bridges over the river. The bridges weren't guarded by Dutch troops, but troops arrived very soon. A heavy fight for the bridges started.
The Hr. Ms. Van Galen (just returned from the Dutch East Indies) was ordered to go to Rotterdam and attack the German forces near the Nieuwe Maas-bridges. Somewhere around 1400u the Hr. Ms. Van Galen sailed the Nieuwe Waterweg on. Earlier that day two smaller ships attacked the German forces near the Nieuwe Maas-bridges, those where the
torpedoboat Hr. Ms. Z 5 and the torpedo motorboats 51. These ships where so succesfull that the Dutch Command desided to send a larger ship to attack again. But the Hr. Ms. Van Galen was spotted by the German Luftwaffe and near Vlaardingen attacked for the first time by a group of Stuka divebombers. There wasn't a bomb that hit the ship, but the nearmisses damaged it and wounded some of the crew. "(...) During the 36th and last divebombattack, the bombs nearly missed the destroyer. They striked big holes just above the waterline and causes severe damage. The 7.5cm gun, the wheelhouse and the fire-directioninstallation where destroyed. (...)"
[3] After that attack, the destroyed was so crippeled that the captain, Kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Commander) A.S. Pinke, desided to try to reach a nearby harbor. The crew managed to get offboard and to secure a couple of machineguns with ammunition before the Hr. Ms. Van Galen sonk.
The captain and his crew fought the battle further on shore.

Captain
26.03.1940-11.05.1940 Kapitein-luitenant ter zee A.S. Pinke

Hr. Ms. Witte de With [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

History
28.05.1927 Laid down
11.09.1928 Launched
20.02.1929 Commissioned
02.03.1942 Scuttled

Captain
18.05.1941-24.12.1941 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse P. Schotel
15.02.1942-01.03.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse P. Schotel

Hr. Ms. Banckert [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Banckert
Hr. Ms. Banckert Picture #07

History
25.08.1927 Laid down
14.11.1929 Launched
14.11.1930 Commissioned
02.03.1942 Scuttled

Captain
30.09.1940-02.03.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse L.J. Goslings

Hr. Ms. Van Nes [Admiralen-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Van Nes
Hr. Ms. Van Nes Picture #08

History
15.08.1928 Laid down
20.03.1930 Launched
12.03.1931 Commissioned
17.02.1942 Sunk by Japanese aircraft

Captain
13.01.1941-17.02.1942 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse C.A. Lagaay

Hr. Ms. Gerard Callenburgh [Gerard Callenburgh-class Destroyer] Top

ZH-1
ZH-1 Picture #09

History
12.10.1938 Laid down
12.10.1939 Launched
14.05.1940 Sunk by destruction parties near Rotterdam (the Netherlands), later raises and commissioned by the Germans as ZH-1

Captain
00.00.0000-00.00.0000 None

Hr. Ms. Isaac Sweers [Gerard Callenburgh-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Isaac Sweers
Hr. Ms. Isaac Sweers Picture #10

History
26.11.1938 Laid down

16.03.1940

Launched
29.05.1941 Commissioned
13.11.1942 Sunk by the German submarine U-431

Captain
24.05.1941-30.12.1941 Kapitein-luitenant ter zee J. Houtsmuller
30.12.1941-31.05.1942 Kapitein-Luitenant ter zee W. Harmsen
01.06.1942-13.11.1942 Kapitein ter zee W. Harmsen

Hr. Ms. Tjerck Hiddes (I) [Gerard Callenburgh-class Destroyer] Top

History
01.10.1938 Laid down
12.10.1939 Launched
14.05.1940 Scuttled by destruction parties near Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

Captain
00.00.0000-00.00.0000 None

Hr. Ms. Philips van Almonde [Gerard Callenburgh-class Destroyer] Top

History
02.03.1939 Laid down
17.05.1940 Scuttled by destruction parties in the Netherlands

Captain
00.00.0000-00.00.0000 None

Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes (II) (ex HMS Nonpareil) [N-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes
Hr. Ms. Tjerk Hiddes Picture #13

History
22.05.1940 Laid down
25.06.1941 Launched
06.05.1942 Commissioned

Captain
06.05.1942-21.01.1944 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse W.J. Kruys
21.01.1944-14.02.1944 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse J.W. Caspers (acting)
14.02.1944-25.04.1944 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse G.A. Cox
25.04.1944-01.08.1945 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse N.W. Sluijter

Hr. Ms. Van Galen (II) (ex HMS Noble) [N-class Destroyer] Top

Hr. Ms. Van Galen
Hr. Ms. Van Galen Picture #14

History
10.07.1939 Laid down
17.04.1941 Launched
11.02.1942 Commissioned

Captain
11.02.1942-19.02.1945 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse F.Th. Burghard
19.02.1945-20.04.1945 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse F.L. Capel (acting)
20.04.1945-07.09.1946 Luitenant ter zee der 1e klasse P.A. Mulock van der Vlies Bik

Hr. Ms. Campbeltown (ex HMS Campbeltown, ex USS Buchanan) [Town-class Destroyer] Top

USS Buchanan
USS Buchanan Picture #15

History
29.06.1918 Laid down
02.01.1919 Launched
20.01.1919 Commissioned in the United States Navy
09.09.1940 Commissioned in the Royal Navy
17.01.1941 Commissioned in the Royal Netherlands Navy
00.09.1941 (?) Transfered back to the Royal Navy
28.03.1942 Used as a blockship in the St. Nazaire Raid

Captain
17.01.1941-15.10.1941 Kapitein-luitenant ter zee W. Harmsen


Sources & links: Ph.M. Bosscher, De Koninklijke Marine in de Tweede Wereldoorlog (ISBN 90-6135-371-8)
  P.S. van 't Haaff & M.J.C. Klaassen (samenst.). Gedenkboek honderd jarig bestaan der Adelborsten-Opleiding te Willemsoord 1854-1954 (1954)
  M.J.C. Klaassen (samenst.). Gedenkboek honderdvijfentwintig jarig bestaan der Adelborstenopleiding te Willemsoord 1854-1979 (1979)
  E.H. Brongers, Opmars naar Rotterdam (deel 1: de luchtlanding) (ISBN 90-6045-474-X)
  Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II
  Nautiek scheepvaart en watersport site
  Webpage Hr. Ms. van Galen
  Destroyers
  HyperWar: World War II on the World Wide Web
  Haze Gary & Underway - Naval History and Photography
Picture sources: Picture #01: Destroyers
  Picture #02: Destroyers
  Picture #03: Stichting Bevordering Nagedachtenis Lt.Adm. Michiel A. de Ruyter
  Picture #04: Nautiek scheepvaart en watersport site
  Picture #05: Nautiek scheepvaart en watersport site
  Picture #07: Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II
  Picture #08: Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II
  Picture #09: Destroyers
  Picture #10: Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II
  Picture #13: Destroyers
  Picture #14: Destroyers
  Picture #15: Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II
Notes: 1: USS John D. Ford (DD-228) Action Report (Java Sea) dated. 08.03.1942
  2: USS John D. Edwards (DD-216) Action Report (Java Sea) dated. 04.03.1942
  3: Translated from: E.H. Brongers, Opmars naar Rotterdam (deel 1: de luchtlanding) (ISBN 90-6045-474-X), page 156.
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