Description: The Joint Logistic Support Ship (JSS) Karel Doorman is a highly automatized auxiliary ship replacing HNLMS Zuiderkruis, a vessel which has been in service in the Royal Netherlands Navy since 1975. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was awarded a production contract in December 2009 with the ship planned for delivery in July 2014. Karel Doorman will be fully operational beginning in 2015. The JSS will be used for replenishment at sea, storing supplies, for loading and unloading of supplies, for transport of materiel and personnel, and for extensive medical, technical and logistic support. The construction of the vessel will largely take place at Damen Shipyard Galati in Romania under supervision of DSNS.
The JSS Karel Doorman will be equipped with the Thales Integrated Mast I-Mast 400 comprising the SMILE S-band radar, GATEKEEPER 360-degree electro-optical surveillance system, and SEASTAR X-band surface surveillance radar. For self-defense purposes, the ship will be provided with two Goalkeepers, two 30mm automatic guns and four automatic medium caliber 12.7mm machine guns. For passive protection the ship has been fitted out with signature reduction measures, ballistic protection, blast resistant constructions, redundant and shock resistant systems, a gas citadel, and extensive fire fighting systems.
The ship's diesel-electric propulsion system allows a top speed of 18 knots and comprises two main electric motors developing 9,000 KW each, two shaftlines with Fixed Pitch Propeller, and two bow and one stern thruster. Besides, five diesel generators provide an electric power of up to 25MW. The flight deck allows simultaneous operation of two Chinook helicopters while the flight hangar has a storage capacity of up to 6 helicopters. The JSS has the facilities for loading and unloading operations of materiel and goods in harbors, near the shore or at open sea. Two Replenishment-At-Sea masts, an elevator and crane for up to 40 tons, a roll on/roll off facility for vehicles, and a steel beach stern construction for accommodating cargo transfer via landing craft.
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