Allied Warships


Light cruiser of the Java class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byKoninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (Vlissingen, Holland) 
Ordered 1915 
Laid down31 May 1916 
Launched9 Aug 1921 
Commissioned1 May 1925 
Lost27 Feb 1942 

HrMs Java (Kapitein Ter Zee Philippus Bernardus Maria van Straelen) was sunk by Japanese cruisers during the Battle of Java Sea, along with light cruiser De Ruyter and destroyer Kortenaer. The ship sank at 2345 hours on 27 February 1942. 526 died and only 43 survived to be repatriated after the war; amongst those who died was the Commanding officer Straelen Van.

For HrMs Java's full operational history see this website (offsite link).


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1Philippus Bernardus Maria Straelen Van, RNN27 Apr 194027 Feb 1942 (+)

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