Combat Support Ship Den Helder Announced

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The navy today not only revealed the appearance, but also the name of the new combat support ship (CSS). It becomes: Zr. Ms. Den Helder. The latest naval ship sailed into the Den Helder harbor today as 3D animation. There was also a sailing model of no less than 8 meters at the Maritime Research Institute (MARIN) in Wageningen.

For the first time a warship gets the name Den Helder. “That does justice to the cooperation between the city and the navy”, explained State Secretary Barbara Visser. “The city of Den Helder is the logistic home base for all Dutch and some Belgian warships. In the case of operations at sea, the supply vessel with that name will offer the same logistic support. “In addition, the name fits within a tradition of naming naval vessels to Dutch cities.

The CSS will supply other naval vessels at sea with fuel, ammunition and goods. To this end, the ship has two so-called BOZ positions (supply at sea). It also gets a helicopter deck and hangar for flight operations. There is space for sea containers on the upper deck. For boarding and rescue operations and passenger transport, there are 2 RHIB motorboats on board. In addition, it can be equipped with 2 FRISC intercepting boats. For self-defense there are different weapon systems.


Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding builds the new tanker to be delivered in 2023. Sr. Ms. Den Helder is the first in a series of new construction projects. In the coming years, the Ministry of Defense will replace the mine hunters, M-frigates and submarines.

Commander Naval Forces Vice Admiral Rob Kramer had the honor of piloting the supply ship in virtual reality into the future home port. Then the scale model entered the large MARIN wave pool. For the institute it was also a special moment: it is the 10,000th test model. At the unveiling, State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs and Climate was also present.

MARIN is involved in the development of naval vessels. It has unique test facilities, advanced simulators and specialized calculation and measurement methods. MARIN is the largest independent research institute in the world in this field.