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HNLMS Zeeland (D809)
General characteristics [1]
Type: Holland-class destroyer
  • 2,150 long tons (2,185 t) standard
  • 2,600 long tons (2,642 t) full load
Length: 113.1 m (371 ft 1 in)
Beam: 11.4 m (37 ft 5 in)
Draught: 5.1 m (16 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 shaft geared turbines, 2 boilers, 45,000 hp (33,556 kW)
Speed: 32 knots (37 mph; 59 km/h)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)
Complement: 247

HNLMS Zeeland (D809) (Dutch language: Hr.Ms. Zeeland ) was a destroyer of the Holland class. The ship was in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy from 1955 to 1979. The destroyer was named after the Dutch province of Zeeland and was the twenty-first ship with this name. In 1978 the ship was taken out of service and later broken up and scrapped. The ship's radio call sign was "PAAU".[2]


HNLMS Zeeland was one of four Holland-class destroyers and was built at the Koninklijke Maatschappij de Schelde (KMS) in Vlissingen. The keel laying took place on 12 January 1951 and the launching on 27 June 1953. The ship was put into service on 1 March 1955.[3]

In July 1956 Zeeland, the destroyer Friesland and the cruiser De Zeven Provinciën visited Leningrad for the first time since 1914. Where they were officially welcomed at the harbor of Kronstadt by the Soviet authorities.[4]

In July 1978 Zeeland, together with the frigates Tromp, Van Nes, Van Galen, the destroyer Holland, the submarine Dolfijn and the replenishment ship Poolster visited New York in commemoration of the city’s 200 years anniversary.[5]

On 29 September 1979 the vessel was decommissioned and struck from the register on 1 January 1979. Zeeland was sold on 8 November 1979 to the Dutch company Intershitra for scrapping.[3][6]


  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995
  2. "Zeeland (D809)". Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Zeeland (D809)". Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  4. "Historisch bezoek aan Rusland in 1956". Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  5. "Poolster bevoorradingsschip". Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  6. "Hr. Ms. Zeeland D 809". Retrieved 22 May 2018. 


  • Gardiner, Robert (ed.) (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. London: Conway Maritime. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. OCLC 34284130.  Also published as Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen; Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261. 
  • Amstel, W.H.E. van (1991). De schepen van de Koninklijke Marine vanaf 1945. Alkmaar: De Alk. ISBN 9060139976. 
  • Brobbel, Henk (2008). Hr. Ms. Holland: de parel van het eskader. Soest: Boekscout VOF. ISBN 9789088342820. 
  • Mark, Chris (2005). Onderzeebootjagers van de Holland- en Friesland-klasse. Amsterdam: Stichting Vrienden van de Koninklijke Marine. ISBN 9051230044. 
  • Nooteboom, S.G. (2001). Deugdelijke Schepen: marinescheepsbouw 1945-1995. Europese Bibliotheek. ISBN 9789028826373. 

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