Royal Netherlands Navy Reveals Name of Its Future Combat Support Ship (CSS) As HNLMS Den Helder

The Royal Netherlands Navy has unveiled the design of its new Combat Support Ship (CSS) and revealed the name as Zr. Ms. Den Helder (HNLMS Den Helder), on Nov. 9.

Den Helder will be the first Dutch Navy ship to be named after the city which is home to their main naval base.

The new Combat Support Ship will replace the former Zr.Ms. Amsterdam – HNLMS Amsterdam (A836) – which was designed & build by Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (now Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding). The new ship will be also built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding.

The Combat Support Ship will be based on the Navy’s already operational Joint Support Ship (JSS), HNLMS Karel Doorman (A833), to improve type commonality (architecture and components). Damen is scheduled to deliver the new tanker to the Navy in 2023.

Den Helder will supply other naval vessels at sea with fuel, ammunition and goods, and will have two refueling stations. She will be armed with self-defense weapon systems.

The ship will be equipped with a helicopter deck and hangar for flight operations. There will be space for sea containers on the upper deck. She will also carry two rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) on board for boarding, rescue operations and passenger transport and two FRISC (Fast Raiding, Interception and Special forces Craft) interceptor boats.

The German Navy has also expressed their interest in the CSS ship design for replacement of the two Type 704A Rhön-class replenishment oilers.

Sr. Ms. Den Helder is the first in a series of new projects undertaken by the Dutch Navy. In the coming years, the Ministry of Defense will also replace the Alkmaar-class mine hunters, the Karel Doorman-class M frigates and the Walrus-class diesel-electric attack submarines.

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