HNLMS Van Galen (G84)

HNLMS Van Galen was a N-class destroyer built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy shortly after completion. The Dutch changed the pennant numbers several times G-84 (WW II), J-3, JT-3, and D-803.[1]

Van Galen in 1942
Van Galen, 1942
United Kingdom
Name: Noble
Builder: William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton
Laid down: 10 July 1939
Launched: 17 April 1941
Completed: 20 February 1942
Identification: Pennant number: G84
Notes: Transferred to Royal Netherlands Navy before completion
Name: Van Galen
Namesake: Johan van Galen
Completed: 20 February 1942
Struck: October 1956
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1957
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: N-class destroyer
Length: 356 ft 6 in (108.7 m) (o/a)
Beam: 35 ft 9 in (10.9 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.8 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 Shafts; 2 steam turbines
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 183
Sensors and
processing systems:


The N-class destroyers were repeats of the J-class, except that they incorporated the wartime modifications made to the earlier ships. They displaced 1,773 long tons (1,801 t) at standard load and 2,384 long tons (2,422 t) at deep load. The ships had an overall length of 339 feet 6 inches (103.5 m), a beam of 35 feet 9 inches (10.9 m) and a deep draught of 12 feet 6 inches (3.8 m). They were powered by Parsons geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by two Admiralty three-drum boilers. The turbines developed a total of 40,000 shaft horsepower (30,000 kW) and gave a maximum speed of 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph). The ships carried a maximum of 491 long tons (499 t) of fuel oil that gave them a range of 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). The ship's complement was 183 officers and men.[2]

The ships were armed with six 4.7-inch (120 mm) Mark XII guns in twin mounts, two superfiring in front of the bridge and one aft of the superstructure. The aft torpedo tubes were replaced by a single QF 4-inch Mk V anti-aircraft gun. Their light anti-aircraft suite was composed of one quadruple mount for 2-pounder "pom-pom" guns, four single Oerlikon 20 mm cannon and two twin mounts for the 0.5 inch Vickers Mark III anti-aircraft machinegun. The N-class ships were fitted with one above-water quintuple mount for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes.[3] The ship was fitted with two depth charge throwers and one rack for 45 depth charges.[2]

Construction and career

Van Galen was built as the British destroyer HMS Noble (G84), but was commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy shortly after completion. The ship served throughout the Second World War and was stricken in October 1956 and scrapped in February 1957 in the Netherlands.


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  2. ^ a b Lenton, p. 170
  3. ^ Whitley, p. 117


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External links

HNLMS Van Galen

HNLMS Van Galen (Dutch: Hr.Ms. or Zr.Ms. Van Galen) may refer to following ships of the Royal Netherlands Navy:

HNLMS Van Galen (1872), a wooden hulled corvettes

HNLMS Van Galen (1928), an Admiralen-class destroyer

HNLMS Van Galen (G84), the ex-HMS Noble

HNLMS Van Galen (F803), a Van Speijk-class frigate

HNLMS Van Galen (F834), a Karel Doorman-class frigate

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 Royal Netherlands Navy
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