The Dutch light cruiser HNLMS Java at sea.

The Java class was a class of light cruisers of the Royal Netherlands Navy, named after the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). Three ships were built: HNLMS Java, HNLMS Sumatra, and HNLMS Celebes.

The class was designed by the Germaniawerft in Kiel, but constructed in the Netherlands. They were designed to counter the Japanese reconnaissance cruisers of the Chikuma-class of 1912, and by 1913 standards they were big, fast and heavily armed with 10 x 150 mm (5.9 inch) guns. However, these were not turret-mounted, and by the time the cruisers were finally launched after all the delays caused by the upheaval of World War I (Sumatra in 1920, Java in 1921 and Celebes in 1922), they had already become out-dated.


  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1925-1946
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 509 feet 6 inches (155.3 meters)
    • Beam: 52 feet 6 inches (16 meters)
    • Draught: 20 feet 5 inches (6.22 meters)
    • Displacement: 6,670 tons (Standard); 8,087 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 526
  • Propulsion: 8 x Schultz-Thorncryft boilers, 3 x Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 x shafts, 73,000 shp (54,750 kW)
  • Range: 4,340 nauticasl miles (8,038 kilometers) at 12 knots (22.22 km/h)
  • Speed: 31 knots (57.41 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 10 x Bofors 15cm/50-caliber Mk.6 naval guns
    • 8 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns
    • 8 x Browning M2 .50-caliber machines guns
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 3-inches (76.2 mm)
    • Deck: 2-inches (50.8 mm)
    • Conning Tower: 5-inches (127 mm)
    • Shields: 4-inches (101.6 mm)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Fokker C.XI-W floatplanes

Unit RunEdit

  • HNLMS Java
  • HNLMS Sumatra
  • HNLMS Celebes

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