Queen Emma Class LSI(M), Dutch ferrys converted to serve as high speed transports for commando operations.http://sites.google.com/site/hmsprincessbeatrix/scratch-built-model-of-hms-princess-beatrix/service-history-m-v-prinses-beatrix-and-koningin-emma-1939---1968
Royal Navy or ex-RN. The gun at the stern appears to be a 4-inch weapon (single mount). So, it's likely a converted small RN-built destroyer which in USN nomenclature would be an APD (High Speed Transport). She carried eight landing craft (two larger, six smaller). The funnel is unusual, so during the conversion the original configuration for uptakes and exhausts were changed. This is likely a 1960s implementation upon a WW-II built hull.
Queen Beatrix judging by the position of the radar.
380'x 47'x 15'24.5 knots dieselLooks like this would be a very useful ship even now.
Modern LPD/LSD seem to me poorly designed. I know everybody fixates on helicopters but what is really need is bigger docks and so more LC's.I think something like,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Blue_Marlinwith decks and superstructure to carry troops and vehicles.
Hello Chuck Hill,you can have that one,even though it was Princess Beatrix!I have found some videos you may find interesting for the next post. GrandLogistics.
Sorry to disagree, with Chuck, but this is definitely the HMS Princess Beatrix, the radar was attached to the main mast on the Queen Emma, not as shown behind the bridge superstructure, that was The PB position.Check my albums at http://picasaweb.google.com/Peter18647
Hello Peter,thankyou for that,you have some excellent pictures there. GrandLogistics.
Dear GrandLogistics,Glad you like them my coloured effort showing HMS Princess Beatrix on the Lofoten Raid, as been used as a backdrop in this Months Britian at War Magazine article on the same raids 7oth anniversary, I am pleased to say.yours Peter47
Hello Peter,excellent,I had only seen a handful of pictures of those ships before I saw your's. GrandLogistics.
Sorry for being so long responding, have tried earlier, but for some reason,this site wouldn't (or my Google account) would not let me on.Anyway thanks for the compliments re-Photo Site, you may be interested in my HMS Prince Beatrix History site, http://sites.google.com/site/hmsprincessbeatrix/all the best Peter47
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