Allied Warships

HNMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)

Minesweeper of the Jan van Amstel class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
ClassJan van Amstel 
PennantJ 60 
Built byGusto (Schiedam, The Netherlands) 
Laid down10 Oct 1936 
Launched27 Mar 1937 
Commissioned13 Sep 1937 
End service 1961 

Jan van Gelder had her armament modified to British standards during the war, she carried 1 12 pdr AA gun in lieu of the 3" gun and the twin .5" AA guns were replaced by single 20 mm Oerlikons.
Also she received penant number J 60.

Heavily damaged on 1 October 1939 by Dutch mines off Terschelling. 3 crewmembers were killed, 3 were missing and 7 were wounded.
She received a new stern at Werf Gusto, Schiedam.
Jan van Gelder was recommissioned on 17 April 1940.
When the Germans invaded The Netherlands on 10 May 1940 she escorted the submarine O 13 to England.
The ship was refitted in 1940, and added to the 11th minesweeping flotilla, at Milford Haven.
Later she served in Scotland as escort with a British submarine flotilla.
Decommissioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy on 26 March 1943 and transferred to the Royal Navy.
Returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1946 and recommissioned under her old name.
After the war she served as as a patrol ship in the Netherlands East Indies.
Returned to The Netherlands and rebuilt as boom defence vessel in 1950.
Stricken in 1961.


Commands listed for HNMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)

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1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) George IJsbrand Cornelis Fraser, RNN29 Jun 19395 Oct 1939

2luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Jonkheer Paul Louis Marie van Geen, RNN6 Mar 194026 Mar 1943

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Notable events involving Jan van Gelder include:

16 Sep 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (1)

7 Oct 1942
HrMs Dolfijn (Lt.Cdr. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (2)

1 Nov 1942
HMS P 339 (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt.Cdr. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (3)

25 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) was conducting exercises on Inmarnock Water when she was ordered to search in the Clyde area for her missing sister ship HMS Vandal (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN).

The following submarines / ships were also ordered to search for HMS Vandal (which was not found until 1994); HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN), HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Whitehall (Cdr. H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Warren, RN) and HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (4)


  1. ADM 173/17276
  2. ADM 199/424
  3. ADM 173/17488
  4. ADM 173/18388

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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