Van Ghent Class, Dutch Destroyers

Photograph of Dutch destroyer Van Ghent

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Tonnage 1316 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 321'10" by 31'6" by 9'8"
98,09m by 9.60m by 2.95m
Maximum speed       34 knots
Complement 129
Armament 4x1 4.7"/50 guns
2x1 75mm/60 AA gun
4 0.50 machine guns
2x3 21" torpedo tubes
Depth charges
24 mines
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (31,000 shp)
3 Yarrow boilers
Bunkerage 300 tons fuel oil
Range 3200 nautical miles (5900 km) at 15 knots

The Van Ghents were built in 1924-28 in Dutch shipyards to a British design based loosely on the Absucade. The subsequent Van Galens were quite similar and the two groups are sometimes listed together as the Admiralen class. All were obsolescent by the start of the Pacific War, but they formed the main Dutch destroyer strength in the Netherlands East Indies. All were lost during the war.

Units in the Pacific:

Van Ghent      

off Paternoster Island in the Flores Sea

Grounded 1942-2-15 at Tjilatjap and scuttled


off Paternoster Island in the Flores Sea

Torpedoed 1942-2-27 by Haguro in the Java Sea

Piet Hein

off Paternoster Island in the Flores Sea

Sunk by gunfire 1942-2-19 in the Java Sea


transiting Sunda Strait en route to Singapore      
Damaged by gunfire 1942-2-19, beached, and scuttled on Sebuku Besar Island near Batavia


Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)

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