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|Ship image= [[File:HNLMS A.jpg|300px]]
 
|Ship image= [[File:HNLMS A.jpg|300px]]
 
|Ship caption=HNLMS A prior to departure to the Dutch East Indies
 
|Ship caption=HNLMS A prior to departure to the Dutch East Indies
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{{Infobox Ship Class Overview
 
|Name=
 
|Name=
 
|Builders=''Rijkswerf Willemsoord''
 
|Builders=''Rijkswerf Willemsoord''
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|Total ships preserved=
 
|Total ships preserved=
 
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{{Infobox ship characteristics
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|Ship type=[[Minesweeper (ship)|Minesweeper]]
 
|Ship type=[[Minesweeper (ship)|Minesweeper]]
|Ship displacement= {{convert|179|t|LT|0|lk=off|abbr=on}}
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|Ship displacement= {{convert|179|t|LT|0|lk=out|abbr=on}}
 
|Ship length= {{convert|42.8|m|ftin|abbr=on}}
 
|Ship length= {{convert|42.8|m|ftin|abbr=on}}
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|Ship propulsion={{convert|700|hp|abbr=on}} engine
 
|Ship propulsion={{convert|700|hp|abbr=on}} engine
 
|Ship speed= {{convert|13.5|-|14.5|kn|abbr=on}}
 
|Ship speed= {{convert|13.5|-|14.5|kn|abbr=on}}
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|Ship complement=31–38
 
|Ship complement=31–38
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|Ship armament=2 × 12.7 mm calibre machine guns
 
|Ship armament=2 × 12.7 mm calibre machine guns
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The '''''A'' class''' were four [[Minesweeper (ship)|minesweepers]] of the [[Royal Netherlands Navy]]. They were the first minesweepers of the Dutch Navy specifically designed as such, as earlier minesweepers were converted tugboats.
 
The '''''A'' class''' were four [[Minesweeper (ship)|minesweepers]] of the [[Royal Netherlands Navy]]. They were the first minesweepers of the Dutch Navy specifically designed as such, as earlier minesweepers were converted tugboats.
   
The ''A'' class was based on a German design used during the [[World War I|First World War]]. All ships of the ''A'' class were built between 1928 and 1930 at [[Willemsoord, Den Helder]]. All four ships were commissioned on 4 August 1930, and two days later, on 6 August 1930, all four sailed to the Dutch East Indies, arriving at Surabaya on 30 October 1930.
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The ''A'' class was based on a German design used during the [[World War I|First World War]]. All ships of the ''A'' class were built between 1928 and 1930 at [[Willemsoord, Den Helder]]. All four ships were commissioned on 4 August 1930, and two days later, on 6 August 1930, all four sailed to the [[Dutch East Indies]], arriving at [[Surabaya]] on 30 October 1930.
   
 
During the Japanese invasion of March 1942 all four ships were scuttled by their crews. Three of the ships, ''A'', ''B'' and ''C'', were salvaged and put into service with the [[Imperial Japanese Navy]] as auxiliary submarine chasers no. 113, 112 and 116. All were sunk by US forces in 1944–1945.
 
During the Japanese invasion of March 1942 all four ships were scuttled by their crews. Three of the ships, ''A'', ''B'' and ''C'', were salvaged and put into service with the [[Imperial Japanese Navy]] as auxiliary submarine chasers no. 113, 112 and 116. All were sunk by US forces in 1944–1945.
   
==Ships in class==
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== Ships in class ==
 
* {{ship|HNLMS|A}}
 
* {{ship|HNLMS|A}}
 
* {{ship|HNLMS|B}}
 
* {{ship|HNLMS|B}}
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==Sources==
 
==Sources==
*Mark, C. ''Schepen van de Koninklijke Marine in W.O. II'' Alkmaar: De Alk bv, 1997: 109–110.
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*Mark, C. ''Schepen van de Koninklijke Marine in W.O. II'' Alkmaar: De Alk bv, 1997: 109-110.
 
*[http://netherlandsnavy.nl/Aclass.html Netherlandsnavy.nl :: A class minesweepers] {{en icon}}
 
*[http://netherlandsnavy.nl/Aclass.html Netherlandsnavy.nl :: A class minesweepers] {{en icon}}
   

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