Allied Warships

HNMS Abraham Crijnssen

Minesweeper of the Jan van Amstel class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassJan van Amstel 
Pennant 
Built byGusto (Schiedam, The Netherlands) 
Ordered 
Laid down21 Mar 1936 
Launched22 Sep 1936 
Commissioned26 May 1937 
End service 
History

The Crijnssen gathered fame during the Second World War, because of her spectacular escape from Surabaya to Australia in March 1942. Covered with tree branches, the minesweeper crossed the Japanese naval lines camouflaged as a tropical island.

HrMs Abraham Crijnssen was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy on 26 August 1942. She was returned on 5 May 1943.

She was stricken in 1961 and transferred to the Zeekadetkorps Nederland. In 1996 she was preserved at the Marinemuseum at Den Helder. More info on that here.

More on this ship see this website (offsite link).

 

Commands listed for HNMS Abraham Crijnssen

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Eugenius Cornelis Johannes van der Horst, RNN24 Dec 19382 Sep 1939
2luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Bernardus Poortman, RNN2 Sep 193917 Dec 1940

3luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Johannes Abraham Agelink van Rentergem, RNN20 Mar 19413 Oct 1941
4luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Anthonie van Miert, RNN3 Oct 194125 Aug 1942

5luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Joseph Remy Louis Lebeau, RNN5 May 19438 Jul 1944
6luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Klaas Gerrit Tiel, RNN8 Jul 194420 Mar 1945

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