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(Royal Netherlands Navy)
1,316 Tons (standard)
1,640 Tons (fully loaded)
321' 6" x 31' 3' x 9' 9"
4 x 4.7” (4x1)
1 x 3" AA guns
4 x 40mm AA guns
4 x 12.7mm MG
6 x 21" torpedo tubes (2x3)
Aircraft Crane with
Fokker C.VII-W floatplane
RAN circa 1941-1942
Built by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Bergerhout Scheepswerf en Machinefabriek in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Laid down August 5, 1925 as a Admiralen-class destroyer. Launched December 29, 1926. Commissioned April 12, 1928 as Hr Ms Evertsen named after Dutch Admiral Johan Evertsen. Also spelled HNMS Evertsen or HNLMS Evertsen.
On September 27, 1928 departed the Netherlands with Hr Ms Van Ghent bound for the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) operating from Sumatra and Java.
On July 29, 1929 departed Surabaya with Java and submarines K II and K VII bound for Tanjung Priok on Java to wait for royal yacht Maha Chakri of the king of Siam and the destroyer Phra Ruang. Without the submarines, the warships made voyage to visit ports including Bangka, Belitung, Riau, Lingga Islands, Belawan, and Deli then on August 28, 1929 returned to Tanjung Priok. On August 31, 1929 Evertsen participated in in a fleet review at Tanjung Priok, in honor of the birthday of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
On May 14, 1931 while steaming with Sumatra, De Ruyter and five submarines, Sumatra ran aground on an uncharted reef off Kebatoe Island but was later towed free by gunboat Soemba and a tugboat.
On November 13, 1936 visited Sumatra and Java, and the destroyers Evertsen, Witte de With, and Piet Hein conducted training exercises in the South China Sea then made a fleet visit to Singapore.
On February 28, 1942 Evertsen joined the Western Striking force in her sweep in the direction of Banka Strait, but had lost sight of it on the way back. She returned to Tandjong Priok on Java and waited for new orders while HMAS Perth and USS Houston departed. She was ordered by HMAS Perth to "Take station one mile ahead of me but did not have engine power and could not comply with the order. An hour later, received orders from Helfrich to escort the cruisers but both were over the horizon and departed Tandjong Priok bound for the Sunda Strait in hopes of catch up with them.
After several hours, she saw star shells and
tracers light up the sky. The captain decided not to get
involved in this battle, and to try to
pass through Sunda Strait undetected. In fact, this was the Battle
of the Sunda Strait that resulted in the damage and sinking of both HMAS Perth and USS Houston.
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