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HNLMS Piet Hein (1978)
File:HNLMS Piet Hein (F811).jpg
Piet Hein at sea
Career (Netherlands)
Name: Piet Hein
Namesake: Piet Pieterszoon Hein
Builder: KM de Schelde, Vlissingen
Laid down: 28 April 1977
Launched: 3 June 1978
Commissioned: 14 April 1981
Decommissioned: 1998
Fate: sold to United Arab Emirates
Career (United Arab Emirates)
Name: Al Emirat
Commissioned: 27 June 1998
Decommissioned: 2008
Identification: F02
Fate: Rebuilt as yacht
General characteristics
Class & type: Kortenaer-class frigate
  • 3,500 long tons (3,600 t) standard
  • 3,800 long tons (3,900 t) full load
Length: 130 m (426 ft 6 in)
Beam: 14.4 m (47 ft 3 in)
Draft: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
  • Combined gas or gas (COGOG) system:
  • 2 × Rolls Royce Tyne RM1C gas turbines, 4,900 shp (3,700 kW) each
  • 2 × Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 25,700 shp (19,200 kW) each (boost)
  • 2 shafts
  • 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) cruise
  • 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) maximum
  • Endurance: 4,700 nautical miles at 16 knots (8,700 km at 30 km/h)
    Complement: 176–196
    Aircraft carried: 2 × Sea Lynx helicopters (1 in peacetime)

    HNLMS Piet Hein (F811) (Dutch language: Hr.Ms. Piet Hein ) was a frigate of the Kortenaer class. The ship was in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy from 1981 to 1998. The frigate was named after Dutch naval hero Piet Pieterszoon Hein. The ship's radio call sign was "PAVM".[1]

    Dutch service history

    HNLMS Piet Hein was built at KM de Schelde in Vlissingen. The keel laying took place on 28 April 1977 and the launching on 3 June 1978. The ship was put into service on 14 April 1981.[1]

    On 8 February 1982, the ship, with the frigates Tromp, Callenburgh, Van Speijk, the destroyer Overijssel and the replenishment ship Zuiderkruis, departed from Den Helder for a trip to the United States to show the flag and for 200 years diplomatic relations. The ships returned to Den Helder on 19 May 1982.[2]

    In 1998 the vessel was decommissioned and was sold to the United Arab Emirates Navy.[1]

    United Arab Emirates service history

    The ship was commissioned on 27 June 1998 to the United Arab Emirates Navy where the vessel was renamed Al Emirat. Al Emirat was decommissioned in 2008. Construction work started in 2009 to rebuild the ship into a yacht named Yas.[1]


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