HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (C802)

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën was a De Zeven Provinciën-class cruiser of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Laid down in 1939, construction was interrupted by World War II and the ship was only commissioned in 1953 with the identification number C802. She served until 1976 when she was purchased by Peru and renamed Aguirre. With the Peruvian Navy she served until 1999 and was scrapped in 2000.

De Zeven Provinciën in 1967
Name: De Zeven Provinciën
Builder: Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam
Laid down: 5 September 1939
Launched: 19 December 1941
Commissioned: 18 November 1953
Identification: C802
Fate: Sold to Peruvian Navy in August 1976
Status: Scrapped in 2000
General characteristics
Class and type: De Zeven Provinciën-class cruiser
  • 9,681 tons standard
  • 12,165 tons full load
Length: 187.32 m (614.6 ft)
Beam: 17.25 m (56.6 ft)
Draught: 6.72 m (22.0 ft)
Draft: 11.65 m (38.2 ft)
  • 4 Werkspoor-Yarrow three-drum boilers
  • 2 De Schelde Parsons geared steam turbines
  • 2 shafts; 85,000 shp
Speed: 32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range: 6,900 nmi (12,800 km; 7,900 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 926
  • 50–76 mm (2.0–3.0 in) belt
  • 50–125 mm (2.0–4.9 in) turrets
  • 50–125 mm (2.0–4.9 in) conning tower


De Zeven Provinciën was armed with eight 152 mm (6.0 in) guns in double turrets, 8 × 57 mm and 8 × 40 mm machine guns. The rear turrets were replaced in 1962 with a RIM-2 Terrier SAM system. She was 185.7 m (609 ft) long, had a beam of 17.25 m (56.6 ft) and a draft of 6.85 m (22.5 ft). She displaced 12,250 t and could achieve a speed of 32.2 kn (59.6 km/h; 37.1 mph). She had a crew of 957.[1]

During her service with the Peruvian Navy she was converted to a helicopter cruiser. To do this the remaining turrets at the back of the ship were removed to make space for a hangar and a flight deck big enough to support 4 helicopters.[2]


Construction started in 1939 as Kijkduin, but was interrupted by World War II. She was renamed Eendracht in 1940 and De Ruyter in 1945. Her sister ship was launched in 1944 as De Zeven Provinciën, but the ships swapped to their final names in 1950. She was completed in 1953 and served the Royal Netherlands Navy from 1950 to 1977. She was sold to Peru in August 1976 and was renamed BAP Aguirre on 24 February 1978.


  1. "Koninklijke Marine - "Geschiedenis Hr. Ms. De Zeven Provinciën"" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2006-07-09.
  2. B. Hunter, The Statesman's Year-Book 1994-95 (2016) p. 1083


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