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Rotterdam class

Amphibious transport dock

Rotterdam class

The Rotterdam class amphibious transport docks can carry a full battalion of marines

 
 
Entered service 1997
Crew 113 men
Sea endurance 6 weeks
Dimensions and displacement
Length 166 m
Beam 25 m
Draught 5.9 m
Displacement, standard 12 750 tons
Displacement, full load 16 750 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 19 knots
Diesel generators 4
Electric motors 2
Cargo
Troops 611 men
Vehicles 33 tanks or 170 APCs
Landing craft
Landing craft 6 LCVPs or 4 LCUs or LCMs
Aircraft
Helicopters 6 x NH-90 or 4 x EH.101
Armament
Artillery 2 x Goalkeeper 30-mm CIWS and 4 x 20-mm cannons

 

   The Rotterdam and Galicia classes were jointly designed by the Netherlands and Spain. Rotterdam was the lead ship. It was laid down in 1996 and launched in 1997. The second ship of the class, Johan de Witt, was ordered in 2002 by the Royal Netherlands Navy. This ship is larger than Rotterdam. It is equipped with command and control facilities for a combined joint task force.

   The Rotterdam class ships provide capabilities for the delivery of a full battalion of marines with all associated combat and support vehicles. Its amphibious tasks include the ability to embark, transport and disembark the marines. Vessels have facilities to transport 33 main battle tanks of 170 armored personnel carrier. The ship carries provision and stores for battalion transportation for more than 10 days.

   The Rotterdam and Galicia classes provide a large area over the stern for the operation of helicopters above the dock, from which landing craft operate. The Johan de Witt has a stronger helicopter deck than the Rotterdam on a hull, that is longer and wider. It can accommodate two LCACs. Ships are designed to carry six NH-90 or four larger EH.101 helicopters. The Rotterdam is capable of carrying out helicopter operations up to sea state 6. Operations with landing craft are possible up to sea state 4.

   All ships carry extensive medical facilities, including a treatment room, operating theatre and medical laboratory. These have already been used to help out during humanitarian emergencies. In 2004 the Rotterdam was deployed to Liberia in support of the UN mission. Vessels are also capable of casualties evacuation.

   In addition to the land forces and their kit, the ships are designed to carry additional naval ordnance, including up to 30 torpedoes in their magazines, to support a task force operating at some distance from home ports.

   Defensive armament of the Rotterdam class includes two Goalkeeper 30-mm CIWS mountings in addition to four 20-mm cannons.

   Propulsion consists of four diesel generators delivering current to two electric motors, delivering 16 320 shp to two shafts. The Rotterdam has a range of 11 125 km (6 910 miles) at 12 knots. The Johan de Witt is equipped with podded propulsion.

   The two Spanish ships of the Galicia class  are the Galicia and Castilla, commissioned in 1998 and 2001 respectively.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Rotterdam (L800) 1996 1997 1998

active, in service

Johan de Witt (L801) ? 2007 2008

active, in service

 

 

Video of the Rotterdam class amphibious transport dock

 

 
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