HNMS Van Nes (VN)
Destroyer of the Admiralen class
|Navy||The Royal Dutch Navy|
|Built by||Burgerhout Scheepswerf en Machinefabriek (Rotterdam, Holland)|
|Laid down||15 Aug 1928|
|Launched||20 Mar 1930|
|Commissioned||12 Mar 1931|
|Lost||17 Feb 1942|
|Loss position||3° 27'S, 106° 38'E|
HrMs Van Nes (Lt Ter Zee 1Klasse Charles Albertus Lagaay) was sunk by Japanese aircraft from the Japanese carrier Ryujo (offsite link) about 16 nautical miles south of Toboali, Banka Island, Netherlands East Indies in position 03º27'S 106º38'E while escorting the Dutch passengership Sloet van Beele which carried a detachment of troops from Billiton to Batavia. 69 of her crew died and 60 were rescued by HMNS Ceram and the Flying boat X 19.
See also this website (offsite link).
Commands listed for HNMS Van Nes (VN)
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|1||luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Johannes Stephanus Bax, RNN||17 Oct 1939||18 May 1940|
|2||luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Charles Albertus Lagaay, RNN||13 Jan 1941||17 Feb 1942 (+)|
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Notable events involving Van Nes include:
27 Dec 1941
The damaged HrMs K XIII (Lt.Cdr. M.A.J. Derksema, RNN) departs Singapore for Surabaya where she will undergo repairs. As K XIII is unable to dive she is escorted until she is south of Banka Strait by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Bendigo (Lt.Cdr. J.A.R. Patrick, RANR(S)). There the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Nes (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Lagaay, RNN) takes over the escort. Both ships arrive at Surabaya on 30 December 1941.
- ADM 53/108217
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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