Royal Netherlands Navy / Koninklijke Marine – Amphibious Ship

L 800   -   HNLMS Rotterdam



HNLMS Rotterdam (L 800)

Type, Class:


Amphibious Transport Ship / Landing Platform Dock - LPD; Rotterdam - class



Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (KMS), Vlissingen –

(Royal Schelde Shipbuilding, Vlissingen, The Netherlands)



Laid down: January 25, 1996

Launched: February 22, 1997

Commissioned: April 18, 1998

ACTIVE / in service



Den Helder, The Netherlands

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Technical Data:


Length: 166,20 meters, over all

Beam: 25,00 meters

Draft: 5,80 meters

Displacement: 12750 tons, full load


Propulsion: Diesel-Electric

                   4 x Stork-Wartsila 12SW28 diesel generators (14,6 MW),

                   4 x Holec electric-morors (12 MW), (2 in tandem per shaft);

                   2 shafts, 2 propellers; 1 x bow thruster (185kW);

Speed: 19 knots, max.


Crew: 128 + 611 Marines


Aviation/Hangar: flight deck (56 x 25 meters) and hangar (510 m2) -

                            for up to 6 NH-90 or 4 EH-101 Merlin helicopters;


Well-deck: 921 m2;

Main vehicle-deck: 903 m2;

Boats: 6 x LCU or 4 x LCVP;



2 x 30mm Thales Netherland SGE-30 Goalkeeper Close in Weapon System (CIWS);

4 x 20mm Oerlikon machine-guns;



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ship images


graphics (c) by Thales Naval Nederland

















Information & History

The main combat mission of the Landing Platform Dock Rotterdam is the movement and disembarkation of a fully equipped battalion marines to the objective area using organic landing assets such as helicopters and landing craft or existing port facilities. With the required capabilities the ship is also well suited for secondary missions such as military sealift or disaster relief.Rotterdam has demonstrated full functionality for dock and helicopter operations in adverse weather conditions.

Seakeeping, manoeuvrability and station keeping have been set to high requirements.The platform of Rotterdam has been designed with generous operational spaces, deck areas and mobilisation and access routes to ensure swift adaptation to diverse tasks.


The vessel has extended facilities for medical and surgical care. HNLMS Rotterdam has extensive fully equipped hospital facilities with a medical treatment room, a medical operating theatre and a medical laboratory.


HrMs Rotterdam has facilities to transport 170 armoured personnel carriers, or 33 main battle tanks, and also docking facilities for up to six landing craft, for example six LCVP Mk.3, four LCU Mk.9 or four LCM 8 landing craft.


The aircraft hangar is sufficiently large to accommodate up to four EH-101 helicopter or six medium-size helicopters such as the Super Puma or the NH90. The hangar has extensive helicopter maintenance and spares facilities.


The class was a joint design between the Netherlands and Spain. The two ships of the Spanish Galicia-class are the SPS Galicia / L 51 (commissioned in 1998) and the SPS Castilla / L 52 (2001).


HNLMS Rotterdam (L800):


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