DISCOVER Magazine #7

Largest Damen vessel ever

Published in category: Innovation

Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert officially named the Karel Doorman, the new Joint Support Ship (JSS) for the Royal Netherlands Navy, on March 8 2014. The JSS is the largest vessel ever built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and is expected to be commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy fleet in 2015. With a length of 205 metres, the Karel Doorman will also be the largest ship in the Dutch Navy.

Dutch Defence Minister at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Especially designed for maritime support, strategic transport, Replenishment at Sea, sealift and sea basing missions, the JSS has flexible modules to support worldwide operations and humanitarian aid missions. The JSS has been designed to operate both in the lower and higher levels of the force spectrum. It has a total displacement of 28,000 tonnes and a speed of 18 knots. The vessel accommodates up to 180 crew and 120 non-listed persons, such as helicopter crew and medical teams.

With 2,000 lane metres, the JSS has a helicopter deck with landing spots for operating two Chinooks simultaneously, and a hangar with a storage capacity of up to six helicopters. The ship has a holding capacity of approximately 8,000 m³ of fuel, 1,250 m³ of heli fuel, 500 m³ of potable water and 400 tonnes of ammunition.

In order to reduce vulnerability, the vessel will be outfitted with signature reduction measures, ballistic protection, blast resistant constructions, redundant and shock resistant systems, a gas citadel and extensive firefighting systems.

The manning requirement is low as the vessel is designed with a layout optimised for day-to-day operations and the automation level for this vessel is high.

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