HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen
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|Laid down:||21 March 1936|
|Launched:||22 September 1936|
|Commissioned:||27 May 1937|
|Decommissioned:||29 May 1961|
|Length:||56.8 m (186 ft)|
|Beam:||7.8 m (25.5 ft)|
|Draft:||2.2 m (6.9 ft)|
|Armament:||one 75mm gun, 2 x 2 .50-cal MG|
The ship was stationed in the Dutch East Indies when Japan invaded in 1941. After the Allied fleet was destroyed in the Battle of the Java Sea in February 1942, the Crijnssen was ordered to escape to Australia. The crew covered her thickly with tree branches, so that to observers she looked like one of the many small jungle islets of the area, and she was able to pass by the Japanese navy undetected.
After the war, she cleared many minefields in the East Indies, then returned to the Netherlands and became a net-guardian ship. Decommissioned in 1961, she was then operated by the Dutch Naval Cadet Corps, in 1995 was designated for preservation, and opened for visitors in July 1997 at the Dutch Naval Museum.