(NSI News Source Info) December 10, 2008: The Holland Class Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Netherlands Navy are foreseen to be bought for the ever changing task of a navy. These ships are armed for low to medium combat activity and patrolling shores, but can also be tasked to patrol in deeper waters like the North Sea or the Caribbean. The ships are called patrol vessels, but due to their size they are more look like corvettes or even frigates. However, planned armament does not justify this designation. (A computer-generated right side photo of the Dutch navy’s future Holland-class patrol frigate). However seen in sensors and displacement the could be well seen as a frigate or corvette, but they are being classified as offshore patrol vessel. The projected number of ships for the class is four. Commisionings will take place during 2009-2012: P840: HNLMS Holland P841: HNLMS Zeeland P842: HNLMS Friesland P843: HNMLS Groningen On December 20, 2007 the contract was signed for 4 ships at a cost of around € 600 million.
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