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HNMLS Johan De Witt - A Visit

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

HNLMS JOHAN DE WITT [L801] is the second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. It is an improved design of the Rotterdam class amphibious transport dock, which was designed in conjunction between the Netherlands and Spain. The ship, displacing 16,800 tons, was launched by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in February 2007. The motto of the ship is Ago Quod Ago, translated as I do what I do.

She called at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal over the weekend of March 01 - 04, 2013. On Saturday March 02, 2013 she was visited by the Liverpool Branch of the World Ship Society who were given a tour of this very interesting vessel.

The Officers' Mess, food servery and bar
An officers' cabinThe ship's bridge
Views from the bridge wings
Flight control, located aft above the flight deck. One of the ship's two Cougar helicopters had been brought of the hangar wand was being prepared for an engine test.

The second helicopter can be seen within the large hangar area. There is lift access from the flight deck to the vehicle and amphibious craft deck below.

Located immediately adjacent to the flight deck hangar and reached on the level is a fully equipped medical centre with casualty reception and operating theatre as well as a seven bed sick bay area. Also located nearby is the dentist's surgery - below left. Below centre and right the ships galley.

The ratings' servery left and mess / bar / lounge area right.

The vehicle and amphibious craft deck can be seen below. The ship carries four landing craft and has a large vehicle space to accommodate equipment to support landings. A life seen in the up position, below, right, provides access to the flight / hangar deck above.

Ports of Call boardFitness CentreAll the ship's principal functions and docking down function to support amphibious operations are operated from the control room
 

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