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Originally named De Ruyter but renamed to van Ghent in 1934 to name the newly built cruiser Hr.Ms. De Ruyter.

Hr. Ms. Van Ghent took part in the action off Kangean against Japanese bombers on 4 February 1942. Later she took part in the Allied sortie against the invasion convoy for Palembang on 15 February, but during the transfer through Stolze Strait, Van Ghent ran aground on the reef of Bamidjo between Bangka and Belliton island. There were no casualties and the entire crew was taken off by Hr.Ms. Banckert.


Type: destr0yer, admiralen klasse
Built: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde (Vlissingen) 1925
Commissioned: 22-10-1929

Displacement: 1316 tons
Length: 98,1 m 
Beam: 9.5 m 
Speed: 34 kn

Complement: 149
Armament: 4 x 1 120 mm guns (Bofors No. 5), 2 x 75 mm-gun en 4 x .50 inch machinegun (Browning)


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