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Rotterdam-class amphibious transport dock
HNLMS Rotterdam in 1998
HNLMS Rotterdam in 1998
Class overview
Builders: Schelde Shipbuilding
Subclasses: Galicia class landing platform dock
Bay class landing ship dock
Planned: 2
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Type: Landing platform dock
Displacement: Rotterdam: 12,750 t
Johan de Witt: 16,800 t
Length: Rotterdam: 166 metres (545 ft)
Johan de Witt: 176.35 metres (578.6 ft)
Beam: 25 metres (82 ft)
Draft: 5.8 metres (19 ft)

Diesel-electric system

  • 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
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 6 weeks
Boats & landing
craft carried:
6 x LCU or 4 x LCVP (HNLMS Johan de Witt can accommodate 2 LCACs)
Capacity: 170 armoured personnel carriers or 33 main battle tanks
Troops: 611 marines
Crew: 128
Sensors and
processing systems:

DA08 air / surface search

Electronic warfare
& decoys:

4 x Sippican Hycor SRBOC MK36 launcher

1 x AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy

2 x Goalkeeper CIWS guns

4 x Oerlikon Contraves 20 mm machine guns
Aviation facilities: Hangar for 6 x AgustaWestland Lynx or NH-90 helicopter and stern helicopter flight deck

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.

The second ship of the class, HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801), displacing 16,800 tons, was launched in February 2007. Johan de Witt is equipped with pod propulsion, as well as command and control facilities.[1]

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In October 2012, while serving as the flagship for Operation Ocean Shield, Rotterdam sank a suspected Somali pirate ship off the east coast of Africa.[2] Rotterdam came under sustained attack from shore based weapons while rescuing the crew of the sunken ship and sustained damage to one of its small boats.[3]

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