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New and improved landing craft to boost amphibious ops for Dutch marines

19th September 2023 - 10:30 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland


The RNLN's LCUs are 36m-long, 6.8m-wide and displace 8,000 tonnes. They have a speed of 11kt and a range of 200nm. (Damen)

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) is embarking on the upgrade and replacement of its existing amphibious landing craft to provide new capabilities for long-range transport and marine assault.

The first of five upgraded RNLN Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk II vessels will be delivered by the end of 2023.

A spokesperson from the Netherlands MoD told Shephard that the LCU (L 9525) will complete its mid-life upgrade (MLU) soon although 'due to some shifting priorities there is a small delay in the delivery of the first LCU'.

The MLU is being completed by De Haas Shipyard in Rotterdam under a contract awarded in 2022 and the first LCU entered the shipyard in January 2023.

'Within the MLU, the general and forward operating base capabilities of the LCU are

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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