HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93)
Sloop of the Van Kinsbergen class
|Navy||The Royal Dutch Navy|
|Built by||Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, (Rotterdam , Holland)|
|Ordered||10 Dec 1936|
|Laid down||11 Sep 1937|
|Launched||5 Jan 1939|
|Commissioned||24 Aug 1939|
|End service||29 May 1959|
Decommissioned on 29 May 1959.
For this ship's service record see this website (offsite link).
Commands listed for HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93)
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|1||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) John Louis Karel Hoeke, RNN||29 Aug 1939||18 Aug 1941|
|2||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Cornelis Hellingman, DSO, RNN||18 Aug 1941||26 Apr 1943|
|3||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Johannes Jacobus Lukas Willinge, RNN||26 Apr 1943||19 Aug 1943|
|4||kapitein ter zee (Capt.) Jan August Gauw, RNN||19 Aug 1943||20 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Van Kinsbergen include:
14 Oct 1939
HrMs O 20 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) and their escort HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) arrived at Ponta Delgada, Azores.
20 Aug 1940
On 20 August 1940 observers from the US Navy attended a demonstration of the Bofors 40 mm AA gun in the triaxial twin-mount Hazemeyer configuration aboard the Van Kinsbergen. The performance convinced them to adopt the gun as US Navy standard. (1)
27 Sep 1940
In the evening, HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN), fuelled from the chartered tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) off Castries, St. Lucia.
HMS Caradoc then departed to patrol 100 miles to the east of Martinique with the Dutch sloop HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) to intercept the Vichy-French transport Mont Agel (4572 GRT, built 1920).
The Vichy-French ship was however not sighted as it first had proceeded to Guadaloupe and then to the east into the Atlantic. (2)
11 Dec 1940
HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) intercepts the German merchant vessel Rhein (6031 GRT, built 1926) west of the Florida Strait in position 24°55'N, 83°15'W. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her own crew. The wreck is sunk later that day by the HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN).
HMS Caradoc took over the patrol duties in the afternoon of the following day. (3)
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- ADM 53/111710 + ADM 53/367
- ADM 53/113817 + ADM 199/402
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.