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2017 De Zeven Provincien Class (LCF) - Naval Technology


De Zeven
202 (32 officers, 47 NCOs, 123 ratings)

Air defence and command frigate Class (LCF),
Royal Schelde Group Netherlands
Royal Netherlands Navy

Royal Schelde has built four De
Zeven Provincien Class guided
130.20m missile carrying fast frigates for the
DEPTH F-DECK Royal Netherlands Navy. The air
13.60m defence and command (LCF)
frigates were built at Royal
Schelde's Flushing shipyard. They
replaced Tromp Class and Jacob
van Heesmarck Class frigates.

The first of class, HNLMS De Zeven

Provincien (F802), was
commissioned in April 2002. HNLMS
Tromp (F803) was commissioned in
March 2003, HNLMS De Ruyter

(F804) in April 2004 and HNLMS
The De Zeven Provincien air defence and command (LCF) frigates are in service
Evertsen (F805) in June 2005.
with the Royal Netherlands Navy.

In December 2003, HNLMS De

Zeven Provincien became the first
vessel to successfully fire the
evolved Sea Sparrow missile
(ESSM) and Standard missile SM2-
MR block IIIA using interrupted and
continuous wave illumination and X-
band uplinks. Both missiles were
controlled by the APAR radar.

In December 2006, HNLMS Tromp

participated in tactical ballistic
missile defence (TBMD) tests with
the US Navy. The ship, fitted with a
Thales SMART-L radar with a new
extended long-range mode, was
able to detect and track targets
representing tactical ballistic
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"Royal Schelde
have built four
De Zeven
Class guided

The first frigate of De Zeven Provincien air defence and command (LCF) class was
carrying fast
commissioned in the Royal Netherlands Navy in April 2002.
frigates for the

In November 2008, HNLMS De

Zeven Provincien completed its first
test launches of the Boeing Harpoon
missile, off the coast of Virginia,

Trilateral frigate
The Netherlands, Germany and
Spain set up the trilateral frigate
agreement for the national
construction of frigates. In addition
to the De Zeven Provincien, the
F100 (Alvaro de Bazan) is being
built in Spain by Navantia and the
F124 (Sachsen) built in Germany by
ARGE F124 (Blohme and Voss,
HDW and Thyssen Nordseewerke).
The cooperation extends to the ship
platform and not to the systems.

frigate design

The design of the ship incorporates
stealth features with an emphasis on
The Thales APAR (active phased array) multi-function radar onboard the De Zeven
the reduction of radar cross section,
Provincien LCF provides air and surface search and weapon fire control.
infrared, acoustic, electrical and
magnetic signatures.

Watertight compartments, insulation,

redundancy of vital systems, power
distribution, and routing, blast and
fragmentation retaining structures
provide a very high level of 2/4
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survivability against missile attack

and fire hazards. For nuclear
chemical and biological warfare
protection the ship is subdivided into
two gas citadels and a sub citadel.

SEWACO XI combat
data command system
The ship is equipped with the
SEWACO XI combat data system
developed by Thales Naval
Nederland. The RNIN's Centre for
the Automation of Weapon and
Command Systems (CAWCS) has
developed the software. The system
will use asynchronous transfer mode
(ATM) network architecture.

The Rohde & Schwarz

communications suite includes
secure voice and data satellite
communications, Link 11 and Link

The evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM) fitted on the De Zeven Provincien LCF ESSM and SM2-MR
has a new rocket motor and tail control to provide increased speed, range and
block IIIA surface-to-
air missile systems
The long-range surface-to-air missile
system is the evolved Sea Sparrow
missile (ESSM) developed by an
international team led by Raytheon
Missile Systems that has semi-active
radar guidance with tail control
motor to improve range, speed and

The ship's medium-range anti-air

missile is the Raytheon Standard
missile SM2-MR block IIIA. SM-2MR
has a range of 70km, a speed of
Mach 2.5 and has semi-active radar
seeker and an Aegis radio command

Both ESSM and SM2 are fired from

a 40-cell mk41 vertical launch
system (VLS). The five octuple
launchers are installed with the caps
almost flush with the surface of the
bow deck behind the main gun. 3/4
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"Hr Ms De

Four De Zeven Provincien (LCF) frigates have been commissioned into the Royal was the irst
Netherlands Navy between 2002 and 2005.

vessel to
ire the
evolved Sea

The Boeing Harpoon surface-to-

surface missile system is installed
on the raised deck immediately
behind the main mast.

Harpoon is a medium-range missile

with a range of 120km, a 220kg
warhead and active radar terminal

In November 2005, RNLN

announced plans to acquire 30
Tomahawk block IV (Tactical
Tomahawk) land attack missiles
were approved. However in May
2007, the planned procurement was

The ship's main gun on the bow
deck is a 127mm / 54-calibre Oto
The Thales Smart-L three-dimensional radar operating in D band provides air Melara gun. Two Thales Naval
search for the De Zeven Provincien LCF. Nederland Goalkeeper close-in
weapon systems are installed, one
on the raised deck in front of the
main mast and one facing the stern
on the raised deck overlooking the
helicopter landing deck.
Goalkeeper's Gatling principle 30mm
gun provides a maximum firing rate
of 4,200 rounds a minute with a
range of 1,500m.

Two close-in Oerlikon 20mm

machine guns are installed, one to
port and one to starboard of the 4/4