HNMS Abraham Crijnssen HNMS Jacob van Heemskerck
Task Force 71 in April 1943
HNMS Merbaboe
HNMS Rindjani HNMS Smeroe HNMS Submarine KVIII
HNMS Submarine KIX HNMS Submarine KXI
Sold as scrap in Swan River Fremantle in Sep 1945,
scuttled Sep 1952 in Rottnest Graveyard
Deck Gun at Perth Yacht Club
HNMS Submarine KXII
Scuttled Sep 1946 in Rottnest Graveyard
HNMS Submarine K XIV
Task Force 71
HNMS Submarine K XV
Task Force 71
HNMS Submarine O-19
grounded on Ladd Reef and rescued by USS Cod on 9/10 July 1945
HNMS Submarine O-21
Task Force 71
HNMS Submarine O-23 HNMS Submarine O-24
Task Force 71
HNMS Tjerk Hiddes
Officially named HNMS Tjerk Hiddes de Vries but commonly called HNMS Tjerk Hiddes
1800 ton destroyer involved in evacuation of 2/2 and 2/4 Independent Companies
HNMS Tromp
Task Force 71 in April 1943
HNMS van Galen
Task Force 71 in April 1943
HNMS Submarine Tijgerhaai HNMS Zwaardvisch
T Class Submarine
operated out of Fremantle
Mintak Tanah
Naval Store Ship
Left Cairns 29 Apr 43 expected Brisbane 5 May 43
Royal Netherlands Navy Vessels in Task Force 71 Tan 4
Naval Tanker
former merchant tanker, "Pendopo"
Wireless Intercept Station, Batchelor, RNN


Served in Netherlands East Indies Waters only

HNMS Banckert HNMS De Ruyter HNMS Kortenaer
HNMS Piet Hein HNMS van Ghent Tan 2
Naval Tanker
Tan 3
Naval Tanker
Tan 8
Naval Tanker
former merchant tanker Petronella


Dutch ship M. S. Tjinegara
arrived Adelaide on 4 March 1942
from Sourabaya with 307 evacuees
including 117 Air and Naval Air Force personnel
(see NAA File)


Rear Admiral F. W. Coster
replaced by P. Koenraad on 1 May 1943
Senior Naval Officer Royal Netherlands Navy in Australia
441 St. Kilda Rd


Commander B. J. Knollema
Inspector of Navigation in Sydney
as of 1 October 1942


Mr. S. L. Vellenga
Assistant Inspector of Navigation Sydney
as of 1 October 1942


Netherlands East Indies Forces and support organisations



"The Fourth Ally - Dutch Forces in Australia in WWII" by Doug Hurst

Jones, Mark C. "In need of a home away from home: the Royal Netherlands Navy in Australia, 1942-1947". Journal of Military History vol. 85 no. 2 (April 2021): 399-425.

Jones, Mark C. "Escape from Soerabaja. The Navy (Sydney, Australia)", October-December 2001: 21-23.


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