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F 825   -   HNLMS Jan van Brakel



HNLMS Jan van Brakel (F 825)

Type, Class:


Guided Missile Frigate – FFG; Kortenaer / Standard - class



Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (KMS), Vlissingen –

(Royal Schelde Shipbuilding, Vlissingen, The Netherlands)



Laid down: November 16, 1979

Launched: May 16, 1981

Commissioned: April 14, 1983

Decommissioned: October 12, 2001

Fate: sold to Greece / renamed HS Kanaris (F 464)




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Jan van Brakel




Information & History

Rear Admiral Jan van Brakel (1618 – July 10, 1690):


Johannis (Jan) van Brakel (circa 1618 - July 10, 1690) was a Dutch Rear Admiral who distinguished himself on many occasions during the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch wars and the Nine Years War. Almost nothing is known about Van Brakels early career; we know neither his year of birth (estimates have varied from 1618 till 1642) nor his backgrounds. It used to be thought that he was the son of Commodore Pieter van Brakel, who was killed in the Second Anglo-Dutch War while defending a convoy of merchant ships, but this has become very unlikely now that we know Pieter van Brakel was himself born in 1624.

The first time Van Brakel appears in the documents is in 1666 when he was appointed by the Admiralty of the Maas (Rotterdam) as captain of a fireship, the Rotterdam, that participated in the Four Days Battle. Fireships were often manned by the most desperate elements in society; the humility of his origins might explain the fact they were never mentioned. At the St. James's Day Battle, having spent another fireship and returning with his crew in sloops, he saved the Gelderland, the flagship of Lieutenant-Admiral Willem Joseph van Ghent from an attack by an English fireship. Because of the courage shown he was promoted captain of a regular ship, which was rare for a fireship commander. In 1667, while in command of the frigate Vrede, he became one of the heroes of the Raid on the Medway and was given the honourable task of triumphantly towing the captured English flagship Royal Charles out of the Medway River.

In 1672 at the Battle of Solebay (the first battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War), van Brakel served as captain of the Groot Hollandia, and played a major part in the burning of the HMS Royal James. In 1673 he continued to fight with distinction at the battles of the Schooneveld and Texel, as captain of the Voorzichtigheid.

In 1684 he was promoted to Rear Admiral for the Admiralty of Amsterdam); four years later he, as a temporary Vice-Admiral, was part of the fleet that brought William III to England in the invasion that led to the Glorious Revolution. From 1688 forward he served on the amalgamated Anglo-Dutch fleet until he was killed in the Battle of Beachy Head. His grave memorial is in the St. Laurens Church in Rotterdam.


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