Allied Warships

HNMS Van Ghent (GT)

Destroyer of the Admiralen class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
Built byKoninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (Vlissingen, Holland) 
Laid down21 Aug 1925 
Launched23 Oct 1926 
Commissioned31 May 1928 
Lost15 Feb 1942 
Loss position3° 05'S, 107° 21'E

Originally named De Ruyter but name was changed to name the light cruiser HrMs De Ruyter.

HrMs Van Ghent took part in the action off Kangean against Japanese bombers on 4 February 1942. Later she took part in the Allied sortie against the invasion convoy for Palembang on 15 February, but during the transfer through Stolze Strait, HrMs Van Ghent (Lt Cdr Pieter Schotel) was accidentally beached on the reef of Bamidjo between Banka and Billiton island in position 03º05'S 107º21'E. There were no casualties and the entire crew was taken off by HrMs Banckert.

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Former nameDe Ruyter

Commands listed for HNMS Van Ghent (GT)

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1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Jan Marie Lodewijk Ignatius Chompff, RNN6 Apr 193923 Dec 1940
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Johannes Stephanus Bax, RNN23 Dec 19403 May 1941

3luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Schotel, RNN24 Dec 194115 Feb 1942

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