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  • Damen & The Royal Netherlands Navy

Damen & The Royal Netherlands Navy

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has been the launching customer for eight generations of Damen combatants. As a modern navy, it consistently sets new standards for operational demands on Damen’s combatants, amphibious platforms, logistic support ships and oceangoing patrol vessels. This is for a good reason: to protect national interests worldwide and provide safety and security at and from the sea.

Innovation: the key to export

Our vessels are equipped with advanced technologies, often of Dutch design. Thanks to the close cooperation between the Ministry of Defence and the RNLN, the Dutch naval shipbuilding industry and maritime research institutes, our ships have not only been used for generations within the RNLN, they have also proven to be an excellent export product. The RNLN brought innovation to Damen and we brought innovation to them and subsequently to other navies all over the world.

Ready to take up our role

In a fast-changing world, we need to equip our navy with modern ships, ready to deal with today’s maritime security challenges. Under these demanding circumstances, the RNLN is to replace a large part of its fleet. In the coming decade, the existing multi-purpose frigates, mine countermeasure vessels and submarines will reach the end of their lifespan. Damen is ready to take up its role in realizing these new ships and boats, and to involve the Dutch naval industry and research institutes. This results in return on investment for the taxpayer and for many other Dutch companies.

  • M-frigates
  • Bi-national Replacement


Multi-purpose frigates, or M-frigates, can counter serious naval threats such as other frigates, aircrafts, missiles and submarines. These powerful warships with adequate weapons and sophisticated sensors are also very effective during missions with a lower threat level as well as against so called asymmetric opponents such as terrorists, pirates or illicit traffickers. By serving these multiple purposes, M-frigates are considered the workhorses of the fleet. The M-frigates are operationally deployed and maintained together with their sister ships of the Belgian Navy.

Bi-national Replacement

The current generation of M-frigates is (besides the Belgian navy) also operated by the Portuguese and Chilean navies. All these M-frigates will reach the end of their lifespan somewhere before 2030. Some of these frigates will undergo a life extension. However, the Netherlands and Belgium plan to jointly develop and procure the successors of the M-frigate for their navies.

  • Replenishment vessel
  • Combat Support Ship

Replenishment vessel

While at sea, naval vessels are dependent on regular replenishment. The own storage capacity of a combat ship is limited. Replenishment vessels support the combatants during their mission, and by doing so enhancing their effectivity. Until 2012 the RNLN was equipped with two replenishment vessels. When the HNLMS Amsterdam was sold to the Peruvian Navy the RNLN lost its sole replenishment tanker.

Combat Support Ship

The Netherlands currently holds a single ship that is able to carry out the replenishment tasks, this is the Joint Support Ship (JSS) the HNLMS Karel Doorman. However, the JSS has several other tasks to carry out as well. In order to enlarge the effectivity of the RNLN, the Ministry of Defense desires a second replenishment vessel. This will be the Combat Support Ship (CSS) that will serve the RNLN under the name HNLMS Den Helder. The Ministry of Defense, Dutch navy building industry and Damen will together design and build this ship.

  • Walrus-Class Submarine
  • Dutch-Swedish cooperation
  • Unique balanced collaboration

Walrus-Class Submarine

The RNLN is the proud owner of four Walrus-class diesel-electric submarines. These domestic built submarines are unique in their performance. They are ‘expeditionary’ which means that they are able to carry out missions far from home, long lasting, autonomous and independent. The Walrus-class submarines are well dimensioned for a long endurance, but quite small by comparison to e.g. nuclear submarines; this also makes them suitable for operations in coastal, shallow waters. They are internationally considered one of the best in its class.

Dutch-Swedish cooperation

In the coming years, the Walrus-class submarines will reach the end of their lifetime and replacement is expected. Damen has teamed up with Saab Kockums to be ready for this replacement programme. The team foresees a unique and substantial role for national research institutes and the Dutch naval industry; not only for the newbuild, but also for decades of maintenance and lifecycle support. Together, Damen and Saab Kockums represent centuries of naval engineering experience and have delivered hundreds of naval vessels and submarines. This truly international cooperation will lead to a submarine with Dutch DNA, fully tailored to the requirements of the Netherlands Ministry of Defence and the RNLN.

Unique balanced collaboration

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Double Dutch

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Damen signs with Dutch company for Combat Support Ship helicopter hangar door

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RH Marine and Damen support the Royal Netherlands Navy in smarter vessel maintenance

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Damen and CORROSION join forces to keep Combat Support Ship corrosion-free

Damen signs with Alfa Laval Benelux for proven, reliable equipment for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Combat Support Ship

The Dutch solution for the Dutch Navy

Damen awards Thales contract for the missions and combat system for the German Navy’s MKS180 frigates

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Highly efficient water mist fire extinguishing system for the Combat Support Ship with Dutch assistance

HNLMS ‘Pelikaan’ back in Curaçao after midlife upgrade by Damen in the Netherlands

Damen contracts Amsterdam-based The IP Company for Combat Support Ship wireless communications system

RAMSSES reaches another key milestone

Damen signs another contract with Dutch company for Combat Support Ship

Giant Australian icebreaker heads to Vlissingen for sea trails

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Damen and Rohde & Schwarz help to strengthen the Royal Netherlands Navy’s maritime replenishment capacity

RAMSSES project reaches significant milestone towards sustainable composite ship construction at Damen location

Damen contract with Newthex opens door to Dutch quality solutions for CSS

Damen contract with Newthex opens door to Dutch quality solutions for CSS

icebreaker RSV Nuyina

Remote testing trials for the commissioning of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV ‘Nuyina’

Alewijnse supporting commonality within Netherlands Navy fleet with electrical installation contract for CSS

Damen calls on Dutch company to deliver Australian equipment for vessel built in Romania

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Damen signs with Wärtsilä for supply of world’s most efficient four-stroke engines to CSS

Damen being offered coordinating role in European defence industrial development project

Important next step in the M frigate project


Dutch leading role for German frigate project MKS-180

DSNS and HML contract gives Combat Support Ship a lift

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DSNS and partners progressing with QUALIFY

Damen making progress with first two contracts for the Combat Support Ship (CSS)

Damen completes combat systems installation and trials on second Indonesian guided missile frigate

DMO and DSNS sign MOU on naval ship design tools

Virtual training becomes reality for Royal Netherlands Navy

Main contractor Damen and more than a hundred companies contribute to Combat Support Ship

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Commissioning ceremony of Offshore Patrol Vessel PNS YARMOOK

Dutch Glory in Mexican waters

Damen delivers Long Range Ocean Patrol Vessel to the Mexican Navy

The RSV Nuyina comes to life

Midlife update of Johan de Witt enters the design phase

Damen and Blohm + Voss selected for construction German MKS180 frigates

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Dutch submarine procurement process enters next phase with Saab and Damen amongst of selected contenders

Damen completes combat systems installation & trials on Indonesian guided missile frigate

Saab Damen open Rotterdam area office

Pan-European Project

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SAAB & DAMEN Team for the Dutch Walrus Submarine Replacement Program

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Ambassadors of Sweden and the United Kingdom visit Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Saab & Damen about future submarine

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Damen ships helping in the Bahamas

Hands together for modernization of ships

Saab Submarine Seminar

Masterclass Submarine Design by Nevesbu

Damen signs maintenance contract with Netherlands Ministry of Defence

Damen files complaint with the Romanian authorities

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MP Dr. Van Gent welcomes Netherlands Institute for Military History at Damen

Visit Damen at NEDS

Successful Dutch Navy Building Industry Day at Damen Shipyards

Damen and Amels are sponsor of the next expedition of ”Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon”

As in earlier submarine maintenance and modernization projects, this initiative will generate many high-quality jobs for skilled Dutch workers.

Unique balanced collaboration leads to replacement Walrus class


Groundbreaking Dutch Submarine Innovation

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November 27/28 the Berlin Security Summit with more than 1000 attendees focused on EU military and security cooperation

What the Netherlands Naval Cluster can mean for Europe and EU Defence Cooperation

Damen is very proud and honored to be part of this great cooperation

Proud to be part of naval cooperation

Walrus-class submarines

KPN reinforces Swedish-Netherlands cooperation

10.000th towing tank model, Combat Support Ship Zr. Ms. Den Helder

Dutch State Secretaries reveal future Navy vessel at the MARIN research institute

Sea trials commence of upgraded Gotland submarine

HSwMS Gotland starts sea trials at Saab shipyard in Karlskrona

Zr. Ms. Holland

Patrol vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy are back in operation

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Sail Training Clippers

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding announced as one of the Fan sponsors of SAIL Amsterdam 2020

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DSNS successfully accomplishes two major deadlines

Australian icebreaker

Damen performs float-out of Australian icebreaker

POLA entering drydock

Major milestone reached for POLA project

Commodore Peter Knipping (Director DMI, RNLN) and Jean Paul Claassen (Director Products and Proposals DSNS)

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Minister Bijleveld

Belgium and the Netherlands empower the purchase of naval vessels

Canadian Defence exhibition CANSEC

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) supported Alion during the Canadian Defence exhibition CANSEC, May 30- 31 in Ottawa

Expeditionary Subsea

Saab-Damen presents design of the replacement Walrus-class submarine

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VNO NCW Сonference

Support of Dutch industry is indispensable for Ministry of Defence

ASRV Nuyina


Dutch Walrus

Modernisation of the Dutch Walrus-class submarine, performed by DMI in combination with the Dutch Naval Industry

NML logo

New Defense white paper: great maritime interest to build new naval vessel in the Netherlands

Karel Doorman

Defense white paper is music to the ears of Damen. Orders may provide the area of Vlissingen with many new jobs.


Ministry of Defense makes good progress with Defense white paper

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Defense white paper: Dutch industry is ready for orders for the armed forces

Dutch Underwater Knowledge Centre DUKC

Dutch knowledge for the Walrus replacement project

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7 reasons for the technological basis of the Walrus class replacement: Saab’s A26 submarine


WASUB is able to build upon the knowledge and experience of Damen

Fishery Research Vessel 7417 Baia Farta

Damen launches cutting-edge Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

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Nominee Maritime Award – Abstract Volume Estimation Tool

Nominee Maritime Award – Propulsion of submarines

Nominee Maritime Award – Reuse of residual heat

Delft University of Technology and DSNS collaborate successfully in design challenge about submarines

Nominee Maritime Award – Target Motion Analysis

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Damen and DUKC present themselves at UDT Conference in Bremen

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Damen supports call for Dutch naval sector investment

Nevesbu Submarine Academy certificates for DSNS engineers

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