HNLMS Banckert (1929)

HNLMS Banckert (Dutch: Hr.Ms. Banckert) was a Admiralen-class destroyer of the Royal Netherlands Navy, named after the 17th century Dutch admiral Adriaen Banckert. She served during World War II.

HNLMS Banckert in 1934
Name: Banckert
Namesake: Adriaen Banckert
Builder: Burgerhout
Laid down: 15 August 1928
Launched: 14 November 1929
Commissioned: 14 November 1930
Fate: Sunk as targetship, 1949
General characteristics
Class and type: Admiralen-class destroyer
  • 1,316 long tons (1,337 t) standard
  • 1,640 long tons (1,666 t) full load
Length: 98 m (321 ft 6 in)
Beam: 9.53 m (31 ft 3 in)
Draft: 2.97 m (9 ft 9 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 3,200 nmi (5,900 km; 3,700 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 149
  • 4 × 120 mm (4.7 in) guns (4×1)
  • 1 × 75 mm (3 in) AA gun
  • 4 × 40 mm (1.6 in) AA guns
  • 4 × 12.7 mm (0.50 in) guns
  • 6 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (2×3)
Aircraft carried: 1 × Fokker C.VII-W floatplane
Aviation facilities: crane

Service history

Banckert was laid down on 15 August 1928, at the Burgerhout's Scheepswerf en Machinefabriek, in Rotterdam. She was launched on 14 November 1929. The ship was commissioned on 14 November 1930.[1]

On 20 October 1936, the cargo ship Van der Wijck, of the Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij, capsized in the Java Sea. Banckert was among a large rescue mission sent to recover the crew of Van der Wijck. The rescue mission was able to save 210 sailors from Van der Wijck out of a crew of 261.[2]

On 14 February 1942, Banckert's sister, Van Ghent, got stuck on a reef and her crew was forced to set the ship on fire. The crew was later taken on board Banckert.[3] Both ships were involved in an action to counter a Japanese invasion of Palembang.[1]

Between 24 and 28 February 1942, the ship was attacked by Japanese planes and damaged to the point that she had to be scuttled on 2 March of that year. The Japanese decided to raise the ship and repair her, and they intended to use her as a patrol boat named 106. However, the repairs were never finished, and after the war Banckert was found and eventually expended as a target ship in the Madura Strait in September 1949.[1]


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