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Kortenaer-class frigate
Kortenaer (F 807)
Class overview
Operators:  Royal Netherlands Navy
 Hellenic Navy (as Elli class)
 United Arab Emirates Navy
Preceded by: Van Speijk class
Succeeded by: Karel Doorman class
Built: 1975–1982
In commission: 1978–2003
Completed: 10
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 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)
Propulsion: 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
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) cruise
30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) maximum
Endurance: 4,700 nautical miles @ 16 knots (8,700 km @ 30 km/h)
Complement: 176–196
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sea Lynx helicopters (1 in peace-time)

The Kortenaer class was a class of frigates of the Royal Netherlands Navy. They were built to be a general purpose frigate; able to combat all surface, submarine and aircraft targets. Like some of the other frigates of the 1970s and 1980s, they featured a COGOG (combined gas or gas) propulsion system. Ten were built by de Schelde in Vlissingen and two by Wilton-Fijenoord in Schiedam between 1978 and 1982. Only 10 served with the Royal Netherlands Navy: two were sold to Greece while still under construction and replaced by two Jacob van Heemskerck class frigates which are basically an AAW variant of the Kortenaer class. The Greek frigates were renamed the Elli class.

Eight similar ships were built by Germany during the same period in the Bremen class.


By 2003 all ships were transferred to the navies of Greece and the United Arab Emirates.[citation needed]

In Dutch service the frigates were armed with a Goalkeeper CIWS on top of the helicopter-hangar. In Greek service the Goalkeepers were replaced with Phalanx CIWS due to high maintenance costs.

Both ships of the United Arab Emirates, the Al Emirat and the Abu Dhabi are being converted into a super luxury Giga yachts known as Swift 141 (launched as Yas) and Swift 135.[1]

Two ships, the Elli and the Limnos, were built for the Greek Navy in 1981, they are referred to as the Elli-class frigates by the Hellenic Navy and have different equipment and weapons from the Dutch ships.

The Imperial Iranian Navy ordered eight modified ships from Royal Schelde but the contract was canceled after the Iranian revolution.

Ships in the class

The ships were named after Dutch captains and admirals:

Ship Pennant No. Named after Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Status
Kortenaer F807 Egbert Bartholomeusz Kortenaer Royal Schelde 8 April 1975 18 December 1976 26 October 1978 1997 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as F462 Kountouriotes (Κουντουριώτης)
Callenburgh F808 Gerard Callenburgh Royal Schelde 2 September 1975 26 March 1977 26 July 1979 1994 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as the F459 Adrias (Αδρίας)
Van Kinsbergen F809 Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen Royal Schelde 2 September 1975 16 April 1977 24 April 1980 1995 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as the F461 Navarinon (Ναυαρίνον)
Banckert F810 Joost Banckert Royal Schelde 25 February 1976 30 September 1978 29 October 1980 1993 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as the F460 Aegaeon (Αιγαίον)
Piet Hein F811 Piet Pieterszoon Hein Royal Schelde April 28, 1977 June 3, 1978 April 14, 1981 1998 Sold to the  United Arab Emirates as the Al Emirat
Abraham Crijnssen F816 Abraham Crijnssen Royal Schelde 25 October 1978 16 May 1981 6 January 1983 1997 Sold to the  United Arab Emirates as the Abu Dhabi
Philips van Almonde F823 Philips van Almonde Wilton-Fijenoord 1 October 1977 11 August 1979 2December 1981 2002 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as the F465 Themistokles (Θεμιστοκλής )
Bloys van Treslong F824 Willem Bloys van Treslong Wilton-Fijenoord 5 May 1978 15 November 1980 25 November 1982 2003 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as the F466 Nikiforos Fokas
Jan van Brakel F825 Jan van Brakel Royal Schelde 16 November 1979 16 May 1981 14 April 1983 2001 Sold to the  Hellenic Navy as the F464 Kanaris (Κανάρης)
Pieter Florisz (ex-Willem van der Zaan) F826 Pieter Florisse Royal Schelde 2 January 21, 1981 8 May 1982 11 October 1983 2001 Sold to the Hellenic Navy as the F463 Bouboulina (Μπουμπουλίνα), decommissioned in 2013.



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

See also

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