Netherlands navy receives second Holland class patrol vessel


The Royal Netherlands Navy has received the second of four Holland class oceangoing patrol vessels, the Zeeland, from Damen shipyards.

The vessel was transferred to the Defence Materiel Organization of the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands on Thursday.

Immediately after delivery, the Zeeland departed the Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding facilities to arrive in Den Helder October 21. In the near future the ship is scheduled to conduct a work-up period from Den Helder. On completion of the second Integrated Mast Module by Thales NL the ship will return to Vlissingen for installation of the Thales Integrated Mast Module (IMM)

The four vessels of the Holland Class OPV’s measure 108 metres in length and 18 metres in width with a displacement of approximately 3 750 tons. They offer hangar space and landing facilities for one NH-90 helicopter or equivalent types. Their armament consists of one 76 mm Oto-Melara gun, one rapid-fire 30 mm gun and two 12.7 mm Hitrole machine guns. The weapons all have full remote control. Thanks to the state-of-the-art sensor and communication technology in the Integrated Mast Module (IMM), detection and tracking of high- and low-altitude air targets, fast boats, periscopes, mines and even swimmers will be possible.

The first two patrol vessels, Holland and Zeeland, are built at the shipyard of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, with a number of sections being supplied by the Damen shipyard in Galati. The Holland was handed over to the Royal Netherlands Navy earlier this year in May.

The third and fourth vessels, Friesland and Groningen are built at the Damen shipyard in Galati under the supervision of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. Partial SAT for the Friesland have been successfully completed last September. Presently she will sail to the Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding yard for final outfitting of certain systems and components.