Allied Warships

HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93)

Sloop of the Van Kinsbergen class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
ClassVan Kinsbergen 
PennantU 93 
Built byRotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, (Rotterdam , Holland) 
Ordered10 Dec 1936 
Laid down11 Sep 1937 
Launched5 Jan 1939 
Commissioned24 Aug 1939 
End service29 May 1959 

Decommissioned on 29 May 1959.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 19 May 1974.

For this ship's service record see this website (offsite link).


Commands listed for HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93)

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1kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) John Louis Karel Hoeke, RNN29 Aug 193918 Aug 1941
2kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Cornelis Hellingman, DSO, RNN18 Aug 194126 Apr 1943
3kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Johannes Jacobus Lukas Willinge, RNN26 Apr 194319 Aug 1943
4kapitein ter zee (Capt.) Jan August Gauw, RNN19 Aug 194320 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Van Kinsbergen include:

14 Oct 1939
HrMs O 20 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) and their escort HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) arrived at Ponta Delgada, Azores.

20 Aug 1940
On 20 August 1940 observers from the US Navy attended a demonstration of the Bofors 40 mm AA gun in the triaxial twin-mount Hazemeyer configuration aboard the Van Kinsbergen. The performance convinced them to adopt the gun as US Navy standard. (1)

11 Dec 1940
HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) intercepts the German blockade breaker Rhein (6031 GRT, built 1926) west of the Florida Strait in position 24°55'N, 83°15'W. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her own crew. The wreck is sunk later that day by the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN).


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