Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The 127mm Solution

BZ to the Dutch.
Pirate camps on the Somali coast may now also be tackled from Dutch ships. The Dutch Government approved the expansion of the Atalanta counterpiracy mission and informed the House of Representatives of the decision on 6 April. However, military personnel will not set foot on land for the purposes of this EU operation.The multipurpose frigate HNLMS Van Amstel, currently at sea just off the coast of East Africa, is deployed in the area until June 2012.
The HNLMS Evertsen is from the exceptional De Zeven Provinciƫn class of frigates. Really more of a destroyer ....
5×8 Mk41 vertical launch system with 8 cells each
Standard armament: 8×4 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and 32 SM-2 IIIA surface-to-air missiles
Another 8 cell MK41 VLS can be added
2 Goalkeeper CIWS guns
2 quadruple Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers
1 Oto Melara 127 mm/54 dual-purpose gun
2 Oerlikon Contraves 20 mm machine guns
2 twin MK32 Mod 9 torpedo launchers with Raytheon MK46 Mod 5 torpedoes
.. but call it what you will - that will do nicely, thank you. Not bad for $806 million, and you can get a beer after watch.

Hat tip Herb

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