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Jacob van Heemskerck-class frigate
HNLMS Jacob Van Heemskerck F812.jpg
Jacob van Heemskerck (F812) in New York, 2004
Class overview
Name: Jacob van Heemskerck , L type
Builders: Royal Schelde Shipyard
Operators: Royal Netherlands Navy, Chilean Navy
In service: 1986-present day
In commission: 1986-
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: frigate
Displacement: 3000 tons standard (3,750 tons full load)
Length: 130 m
Beam: 14.5 m
Draught: 4.4 m

2 shaft combined gas and gas (COGAG) system

    • 2 Rolls Royce Tyne RM1C gas turbines, 4,900 shp each
    • 2 Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 25,700 shp each (boost)
Speed: 30 knots maximum, 20 knots cruising
Range: 4700 nmi at 16 knots
Complement: 197
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar: LW-08, DA-08, 2x STIR-240, STIR-180, ZW-06
Sonar PHS-36

The Jacob van Heemskerck class frigate was a class of frigates of the Royal Netherlands Navy. They were built to be an air defence version of the Kortenaer class frigate. The helicopter was replaced by a Standard medium range SAM system and associated radars. 2 ships were built for the Dutch Navy, in 2005 they were sold to the Chilean Navy.


Two ships were built by Royal Schelde dockyard. The ships were named after Admirals as is usual practice in the Royal Netherlands Navy.

  • F812 Jacob van Heemskerck,
named after Jacob van Heemskerk,
laid down 21 January 1981,
launched 5 November 1983,
completed 15 January 1986.
Sold to Chile in 2005 as the Almirante Latorre (named after Juan José Latorre) and is currently (2009) in service
  • F813 Witte de With,
named after Witte Corneliszoon de With,
laid down 15 December 1981,
launched 25 August 1984,
completed 17 September 1986.
Sold to Chile in 2005 as the Capitán Prat (named after Arturo Prat) and is currently (2009) in service



  • Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995

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