Allied Warships

HNMS Evertsen (EV)

Destroyer of the Admiralen class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
ModFirst group 
Built byBurgerhout Scheepswerf en Machinefabriek (Rotterdam, Holland) 
Laid down5 Aug 1925 
Launched26 Sep 1926 
Commissioned12 Apr 1928 
Lost1 Mar 1942 

The ship was at Batavia on 28 February 1942 and was ordered to escape to Colombo via Sunda Strait. However Evertsen (Lt.Cdr. Walburg Marius de Vries) was intercepted by the Japanese destroyers Murakumo and Shirakumo (both offsite links). Several hits caused a large fire, after which the commanding officer saw no other option than to beach his ship on the reef at Seboekoe Besar. All together 57 died during the sinking and internment and 111 were captured and repatriated though the Commanding officer Vries De dies whilst a Prisoner of war on the 25/03/1942.

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Commands listed for HNMS Evertsen (EV)

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1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Lambert Johan Goslings, RNN18 Oct 193926 Mar 1940
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Antonie Kroese, RNN26 Mar 194030 Sep 1940

3luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Johannes Stephanus Bax, RNN3 May 19411 Dec 1941
4luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Walburg Marius de Vries, RNN1 Dec 19411 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Evertsen include:

25 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted exercises in Strait Madoera with the destroyers HrMs Witte de With (?) and HrMs Evertsen (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN). (1)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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