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HNLMS Poolster (A835)
Career (Netherlands)
Name: Poolster
Namesake: Pole star
Owner: Royal Netherlands Navy
Builder: RDM, Rotterdam
Laid down: 19 September 1962
Launched: 16 October 1963
Commissioned: 29 June 1964
Decommissioned: 28 July 1994
Identification: A835
Fate: sold to Pakistan in 1994
Career (Pakistan)
Name: Moawin
Owner: Pakistan Navy
Acquired: 28 July 1994
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Type: Replenishment ship
Displacement: 16,836 t (16,570 long tons)
Length: 168.3 m (552 ft 2 in)
Beam: 20.3 m (66 ft 7 in)
Draught: 8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 22,500 hp (16,778 kW), 2 turbines
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Complement: 200
Armament: 2 × 40 mm (2 in) machine guns
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx helicopters

HNLMS Poolster (Dutch language: Hr.Ms. Poolster ) was a replenishment ship serving with the Royal Netherlands Navy. Poolster entered service on 29 June 1964. In 1994 she was decommissioned and sold to the Pakistan Navy where the ship was renamed Moawin. A later replenishment ship Zuiderkruis was based on Poolster. In the Dutch navy she was replaced by the replenishment ship Amsterdam. She was the first ship in the Dutch navy with inbuilt protection against radioactive fallout.

Dutch service

On 8 June 1977 Poolster, with the frigate Tromp and destroyers Groningen and Overijssel, visited Leningrad.[1]

On 12 March 1979 she and the frigates Tromp and Kortenaer and the destroyer Drenthe departed for a trip to the Far East to show the flag.[2]

The frigates De Ruyter, Callenburgh, Jan van Brakel, Van Kinsbergen and Poolster departed from Den Helder on 13 January 1986 for a trip to the Far East to show the flag and promote Dutch trade. The ships returned on 19 June.[3]

She was decomisioned on 28 July 1994 and turned over to the Pakistan Navy to which the ship was sold. The vessel was renamed Moawin. She was the last ship in the Dutch navy powered by steam turbines.[4]


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