Dutch Royal Navy ship to visit the Tyne

The Tyne is preparing to welcome a special visitor in the form of a a Dutch Royal Navy vessel.
HNLMS Johan de WittHNLMS Johan de Witt
HNLMS Johan de Witt

HNLMS Johan de Witt is the second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

The ship, displacing 16,800 tons, will arrive between the piers tomorrow at 8am and berth at Port of Tyne’s Northumbrian Quay in North Shields.

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The ship and its berth will not be open to the public, but vantage points for seeing the vessel include the Groyne at Little Haven, the Western Quay at the Fish Quay, North Shields and the Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields.

Send your pictures of the ship to [email protected]

The ship - general characteristics

Type: Landing platform dock

Displacement: 16,800 t full

Length: 176.35 m (578 ft 7 in)

Beam: 29 m (95 ft 2 in)

Draught: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)

Propulsion: Diesel-electric system

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4 × Stork Wärtsilä 14,800 kW (19,800 hp) with Podded Propulsion

bow thruster

Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)

Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)

Endurance: six weeks

Landing craft: 2 × 7 m (23 ft) RHIB

Up to 4 x LCVP or 12 m (39 ft) RHIB

2 × LCU in welldock

Provisions for Combat Boat 90's.

Can also accommodate LCACs

Capacity: 170 armoured personnel carriers or 33 main battle tanks

Troops: 555 marines

Complement: 146

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Sensors: Thales Netherlands Variant 2D Combined air / surface radar

Thales Netherlands Gatekeeper E/O Warning system


Electronic warfare: 4 x Sippican Hycor SRBOC MK36 launcher

Armament: 2 × Goalkeeper CIWS

4-6 x Browning .50 and FN MAG machine guns

Aircraft carried: 6 x NH-90 or 4 x Chinook helicopters

Aviation facilities: Hangar and stern helicopter flight deck with two landing spots