HNLMS De With (DDL-1938)


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The De With class were in between the Tromp class and Van Ghent class. Classed as destroyer leaders the ships were able to act by themselves or as leaders to the half flotillas. Two half flotillas and a Tromp type would give a full destroyer squadron that would be the main escort for the Doorman and a battlecruiser.

Ships of this size in other navies were carrying 8 gun main armaments (Tribal, Porter, Somers) while these four ships sacrificed the extra main turret for more speed and a heavier AA armament.

All four completed ships were in the East Indies when war came to the Netherlands and the ships remained under Dutch orders from the Admiral in charge East Indies Fleet. A second set of half sisters, the Gerard Callenburgh Class were still under construction when the Netherlands were over run. These ships would have had a different silhouette and armament while sharing the same dimensions.


Displacement 2100 tons std 2800 tons full load
Length 387 ft
Breadth 40 ft
Draught 14 ft
Machinery 2 shaft diesel engines, 59,000shp
Speed 37 knots
Range 6000 miles at 15 knots
Armour nil
Armament 6 x 4.7" (3x2)

10 x 40mm (3x2 4x1)

6 x 20mm (6x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 170
Notes HNLMS De With




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