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A-class minesweeper
HNLMS A prior to departure to the Dutch East Indies
Class overview
Builders: Rijkswerf Willemsoord
Operators:  Royal Netherlands Navy
 Imperial Japanese Navy
Completed: 4
Laid up: 4
General characteristics
Type: Minesweeper
Displacement: 179 t (176 long tons)
Length: 42.8 m (140 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 700 hp (520 kW) engine
Speed: 13.5–14.5 kn (25.0–26.9 km/h; 15.5–16.7 mph)
Complement: 31–38
Armament: 2 × 12.7 mm calibre machine guns

The A class were four 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 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.

Ships in class



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