Allied Warships

HNMS Johan Maurits van Nassau (ii) (K 251)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
PennantK 251 
Built byW. Simons & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered11 Feb 1941 
Laid down29 Dec 1942 
Launched23 Apr 1943 
Commissioned25 Jun 1943 
End service 1960 

Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy during construction. Decommissioned in 1960.

Former nameHMS Ribble (i)

Commands listed for HNMS Johan Maurits van Nassau (ii) (K 251)

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1kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Alfred de Booy, RNN14 Jun 194323 Oct 1944
2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) George IJsbrand Cornelis Fraser, RNN23 Oct 194420 Nov 1944
3luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Theo Vermeijden, RNN20 Nov 19441 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Johan Maurits van Nassau (ii) include:

5 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR), HMS Trent (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.G. Rankin, DSC, RNR), HMS Fal (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR) and HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN). (1)

24 Aug 1943
The battleships HMS Resolution (Capt. J.W. Durnford, RN), HMS Revenge (Capt. St.J. Cronyn, DSO, RN), transports Aorangi (British, 17491 GRT, built 1924), Dempo (Dutch, 17024 GRT, built 1931), Dominion Monarch (British, 27155 GRT, built 1939) departed Freetown for Gibraltar. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Foxhound (Cdr. C.J. Wynne-Edwards, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN), escort destroyer HMS Catterick (Lt.Cdr. A. Tyson, RN) and the frigate HMS Ness (A/Cdr. T.G.P. Crick, DSC, RN).

Around 0655Z/26, the destroyers HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. J. Smallwood, RN) and HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) joined. HMS Bulldog and HMS Catterick were then detached to fuel at Dakar.

Around 1000Z/26, the Aorangi was detached and joined the French transport Canada (9684 GRT, built 1912) that had sailed from Dakar on the 25th escorted by the frigates HMS Bazely (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR), HMS Blackwood (Lt.Cdr. L.T. Sly, RD, RNR), HMS Drury (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Parker, RN) and HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN).

Around 1115Z/27, HMS Bulldog and HMS Catterick rejoined and HMS Boadicea was detached to Dakar. (2)

17 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, DSC, RNR), HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR), HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN) and HMS Stork (Cdr.(Retd.) G.W.E. Castens, RN). (3)


  1. ADM 173/17773
  2. ADM 53/118445 + ADM 118467 + ADM 199/2275
  3. ADM 173/17786

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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