Zr.Ms. Van Speijk, Netherlands Navy

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ZR.MS. VAN SPEIJK, NETHERLANDS NAVY

Coat of arms (crest) of the Zr.Ms. Van Speijk, Netherlands Navy

Official blazon

In keel en paal van sabel, beladen met een exploderende, omgewende, houten, 19e-eeuwse gaffelkanonneerboot van zilver, alles op een golvende schildvoet van azuur. Als embleemspreuk DAN LIEVER DE LUCHT IN in Latijnse letters van zilver op een lint van keel. Approved 13 March 1953.

Origin/meaning

The Red background and Black Pale symbolises the Amsterdam Origins of the namegiver Lieutenant Jan Carel Josephus van Speijk (1802-1831). During the Belgian Revolt he commanded the Gunboat Zr.Ms. No 2. During the siege of Antwerp on 5 February 1831, the Gunboat was in danger of running ashore and falling into Belgian Hands. Van Speijk then ordered the Boat to be blown up, he hinslef died in the explosion. The Motto meaing "Then rather up in the air" is said to be van Speijk's last words.

Several Ships have born the name, 1st a Gunboat in Service 1946-1960, 2nd a Accomodation Ship in Service 1960-1965, 3rd a Frigate in Service 1965-1986, 4th a Minehunter in Service 1986-1994 and 5th a Frigate in Service since 1995.

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