The Dutch Navy was in charge of the control of part of the East Atlantic within the naval forces (EASTLANT) of NATO, and for this it contributed with three anti-submarine task groups composed by frigates and support ships. In 1966 it was decided to develop two frigates to replace the De Ruyter and De Zeven Provincien gun cruisers, and this is how the Tromp class emerged. Although they are designated as “frigates” and carry the letter “F” in their numeral, in reality they were rather destroyers according to NATO classification. The class consisted of the F-801 Tromp and F-806 De Ruyter ships that served as flagships in two of the three antisubmarine squadrons established by the Dutch Navy 1974 Fleet Plan. Both vessels served until 1999 and 2001 respectively.
TROMP class gallery and more info