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F 815   -   HNLMS Evertsen



HNLMS Evertsen (F 815)

Type, Class:


Guided Missile Frigate – FFG; Van Speijk (UK Leander) - class



Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (KMS), Vlissingen –

(Royal Schelde Shipbuilding, Vlissingen, The Netherlands)



Laid down: July 6, 1965

Launched: June 18, 1966

Commissioned: December 21, 1967

Decommissioned: 1989

Fate: transferred to Indonesia in 1989; renamed KRI Abdul Halim Perdanakasuma / F 355




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The Evertsen Family

Johan Evertsen de Captein of de Oude

(? – June 28, 1617)

Johan (Jan) Evertsen

(February 1, 1600 – August 5, 1666)

Cornelis Evertsen the Elder

(August 4, 1610 – June 11, 1666)

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Geleyn Evertsen

(January 22, 1655 – July 25, 1721)

Cornelis Evertsen the Younger

(April 16, 1628 – September 20, 1679)

Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest

(November 16, 1642 – November 16, 1706)


Information & History

Seven ships of the Royal Netherlands Navy have been named HNLMS Evertsen, after a family from Zeeland with many sea heroes:

Admiral Evertsen (1803-1814), cannon schooner;
Admiral Evertsen (1808-1819), ship-of-the-line;
HNLMS Evertsen (1857-1921), frigate with additional steam power, renamed to Neptunus (Neptune);
HNLMS Evertsen (1894-1914), armored ship;
HNLMS Evertsen (EV) (1926-1942), torpedo-boat destroyer;
HNLMS Evertsen (F803) (1946-1962), -ex Scourge, torpedo-boat destroyer;
HNLMS Evertsen (F815) (1967-1989), Van Speijk class frigate;
HNLMS Evertsen (F805) (2005-), De Zeven Provinciën class frigate.


Johan Evertsen de Captein of de Oude (? – June 28, 1617):


Johan Evertsen was the son of Evert Heindricxssen. He was the father of Johan (Jan) Evertsen and Cornelis Evertsen the Elder. Johan Evertsen was killed in battle on June 28, 1617.


Johan (Jan) Evertsen (February 1, 1600 – August 5, 1666):


Johan (Jan) Evertsen was born in Vlissingen (Flushing). He was Admiral of Zeeland in the 17th century. He was the brother of Cornelis Evertsen the Elder and the father of Cornelis Evertsen the Younger.


Cornelis Evertsen the Elder (August 4, 1610 – June 11, 1666):


Cornelis Evertsen the Elder was the son of Johan Evertsen and Maayken Jans; grandson of Evert Heindricxssen, a Watergeus, both commanders of men-of-war of the navy of Zealand.

When his father was killed in battle in 1617, the Admiralty of Zealand appointed all five of his sons as Lieutenant, including Cornelis (or Kees) and his oldest brother Johan, despite their young age. This exceptional favour was granted in recognition of the great merits of the father and of course prevented his family from becoming destitute.

In 1626 Cornelis is first mentioned as actually serving on sea, during a privateering raid. On 25 August 1636 he was appointed captain. In the Battle of the Downs in 1639 he captured a galleon.

During the First Anglo-Dutch War Cornelis functioned as a Vice-Commodore in the Zealandic navy; he was appointed on a confederate level to the equivalent rank of temporary Rear-Admiral on 1 May 1652. In the Battle of Scheveningen his ship sank and he, wounded, was prisoner of the English for three months.

On 14 March 1654 he was appointed Rear-Admiral. During the Northern Wars he was in 1659 subcommander of the fleet of Michiel de Ruyter and liberated Nyborg from the Swedish. In 1661 he was third in command of the Dutch Mediterranean fleet under De Ruyter, executing punitive actions against the corsairs of Algiers. He and De Ruyter were close personal friends.

When the Second Anglo-Dutch War threatened, he was made Vice-Admiral of Zealand, while his brother Johan Evertsen was promoted to the first Lieutenant-Admiral that province ever had. Cornelis Evertsen took part in the Battle of Lowestoft (13 June 1665); his elder brother was after the fight much criticised for his behaviour and had to resign as commander, though keeping his rank. Cornelis was now promoted to Lieutenant-Admiral also, so that for a time the Dutch navy had seven officers of this rank.

When the next major naval battle was fought with England in June 1666, the Four Days Battle, Cornelis the Elder was killed on the first day on the Walcheren, cut in two by the parting shot of the escaping Henry.

His brother Johan decided first to stay ashore, but when Cornelis was killed , he joined as yet the fleet and took command of the vanguard of De Ruyter. He was killed on the first day of the St. James's Day Battle, in August 1666. Both brothers were, after much conflict between the Admiralty and the family over the costs, in 1681 buried in the Abbey of Middelburg, where their shared grave memorial is still to be seen.

Cornelis Evertsen the Elder got blessed with fourteen children from his first marriage in 1640 with Johanna van Gorcum, five of which died as infants. Two of them would become flag officers as well: his second child, named after him, Lieutenant-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest (1642-1706) and the tenth son Lieutenant-Admiral Geleyn Evertsen (1655-1711). Both would be supreme commanders of the confederate Dutch fleet. All three men shared the same cantankerous character. After the death of his first wife in 1657 Cornelis remarried in 1659; from this marriage another two children were born. On his death he left a heritage worth 45,000 guilders.


Cornelis Evertsen the Younger (April 16, 1628 – September 20, 1679):


Cornelis Evertsen the Younger (born: Vlissingen / Flushing - April 16, 1628 – died: Vlissingen / Flushing - September 20, 1679) was a Dutch Admiral in the 17th century.

Cornelis was the son of Lieutenant-Admiral Johan Evertsen and the nephew of Lieutenant-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen the Elder. He is not to be confused with his cousin Lieutenant-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest.

Cornelis became master on his father's flagship the Hollandia in 1648; in 1651 he was for a time in the rank of lieutenant acting captain on the same vessel. He became captain of the Vlissingen in 1652, during the First Anglo–Dutch War. In 1653 he was wounded while being his father's flag captain in the Battle of Scheveningen. In 1661 he sailed in the Mediterranean as captain of the Delft.

In July 1665, after the Battle of Lowestoft during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, he was appointed Rear-Admiral with the Admirality of Zealand. He fought on the Zierikzee in the Four Days Battle. He became Vice-Admiral of Zealand on 5 September 1666, the year in which his father and uncle were killed. He did not participate in the Raid on the Medway in 1667, because the Zealand fleet wasn't ready in time.

He fought in all battles of the Third Anglo-Dutch War on his flagship, the Zierikzee.

In the Franco-Dutch war he participated in the failed attack against Martinique in 1674 under De Ruyter. In 1676 he fought for Denmark under Admiral-General Cornelis Tromp, then the Danish supreme commander, against Sweden. And in 1678 he operated against the French fleet in the Mediterranean and before the French West coast.

Cornelis was an educated man who twice married wives from wealthy families; he died of an illness in Flushing.


Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest  (November 16, 1642 – November 16, 1706):


Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest (born: Vlissingen / Flushing - November 16, 1642 – died: November 16, 1706) was a Dutch Admiral in the 17th century.

Cornelis was the second son of Lieutenant-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen the Elder, nephew of Lieutenant-Admiral Johan Evertsen and cousin of the latter's son Vice-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen the Younger, with whom he is very often confused. Cornelis was nicknamed Keesje den Duvel ("Little Cornelis the Devil") for his cantankerous and hot-tempered character, which he shared with his father.

Cornelis was born in Flushing (Vlissingen in Dutch) in 1642 and already sailed on his father's ship at the age of ten. He became privateer in 1665 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War and was captured by the English in early March of that year when his force of two ships was defeated by three English vessels. His crew had to bodily restrain him to prevent him from blowing up his ship, the Eendragt of 32 cannon. Because of his famous father and uncle he was considered worthy of royal interest. During interrogation the brother of the king, Lord High Admiral James, the Duke of York, inquired about a bullet hole in the top of Cornelis's hat, asking the captain to excuse the English for having damaged his clothing. Cornelis grumpily answered that he was proud of the hole; only he would have preferred it to have been a bit lower, to now being a prisoner.

John Evelyn recounts how Cornelis was on 24 March 1665 released for his wit by Charles II of England in person: Cornelis having been admitted into the royal bedchamber, His Majesty gave him his hand to kiss, and restored him his liberty; asked many questions concerning the fight (it being the first blood drawn), his Majesty remembering the many civilties he had formerly received from his relations abroad — this was a reference to the support the Evertsen family had given Charles during his exile. Evelyn was then commanded to go with him to the Holland Ambassador, where he was to stay for his passport, and I was to give him 50 pieces in broad gold. Charles this way not only repaid old favours shown, but also tried to sow dissension between the staunchly orangist province of Zealand and the republican province of Holland; he pretended to champion the cause of the young William III of Orange.

After his return in 1665 Cornelis fought in the Battle of Lowestoft; in July he became captain with the Admiralty of Zealand. In 1666 Cornelis was captain of his father's flagship Walcheren during the Four Days Battle. During the first night he witnessed his father's death, the Lieutenant-Admiral being cut in two by the parting shot of the escaping Henry. He also fought in the St. James's Day Battle where his uncle was killed.

In March 1672, just before the Third Anglo-Dutch War, he repelled a treacherous English attack on the Smyrna fleet. In the Battle of Solebay he commanded the Zwanenburg (44 cannon).

In 1673 he reconquered New Netherland, including New Amsterdam, as Vice-Admiral of a fleet in service of the Dutch West India Company, the Swaenenburgh still his flagship. When he returned in July 1674, he was accused of disobedience, because the States of Zealand were not too happy with his conquest; his real orders had been to conquer Saint Helena and Cayenne.

In January 1675 he became Rear-Admiral of Zealand. In 1677 he commanded a blockade against the Dunkirk Raiders. On 20 September 1679 he replaced his deceased cousin Cornelis the Younger as Vice-Admiral of Zealand; he became on 1 April 1684 Lieutenant-Admiral of Zealand and supreme commander of the confederate Dutch fleet, replacing Cornelis Tromp. In 1688 he commanded the vanguard of the invasion fleet of stadtholder William III during the Glorious Revolution.

In 1690 Cornelis was commander of the vanguard of the allied fleet in the Battle of Beachy Head. Poorly supported by the English, he had great difficulties against a much stronger French opponent; he saved his squadron by tricking the French, by suddenly anchoring while under full sail, causing the enemy fleet to be carried away with the tidal stream.

In that same year he was replaced as supreme commander by Tromp, who soon died and was replaced by Philips van Almonde.

Cornelis, after 1690 never again commanding a fleet, died in 1706 and is buried in Middelburg. He was succeeded as Lieutenant-Admiral of Zealand by his younger brother Geleyn Evertsen.

Cornelis never married, nor is it known that he ever had a relationship with a woman. However, he was a very close friend of William III. It has been suggested he was one of the lovers of the stadtholder.


Geleyn Evertsen (January 22, 1655 – July 25, 1721):


Geleyn Evertsen (born: January 22, 1655 in Vlissingen / Flushing – died: July 25, 1721 in Middelburg) was Lieutenant-Admiral of Zealand in the Netherlands Navy. He was the 10th son of Cornelis Evertsen the Elder and the brother of Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest.


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