Allied Warships

HNMS Jan van Amstel

Minesweeper of the Jan van Amstel class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
ClassJan van Amstel 
Built byScheepswerf en Machinefabriek P. Smit (Rotterdam, Holland) 
Laid down21 Mar 1936 
Launched27 Aug 1936 
Commissioned15 Mar 1937 
Lost8 Mar 1942 

While trying to reach Australia from Java on the 8th she was engaged by the Japanese destroyer Arashio off Gili Islands in the Madoera Strait and sunk with heavy loss of life. The Captain survived and was made a Prisoner of War though the Commanding officer of the Eland Dubois who was also onboard didn`t

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Commands listed for HNMS Jan van Amstel

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1luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Peter van Willigen, RNN(R)17 Dec 19401 Mar 1942
2luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Cornelis Arie Dirk de Greeuw, RNN(R)1 Mar 19428 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Jan van Amstel include:

3 Feb 1942
She was damaged by air attack in the Java Sea. The Commanding officer Lt.Cdr. van Willigen was wounded.

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