HNLMS Tromp (F803) is the second De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship was laid down in 1999, launched in 2001, and commissioned in 2003. The frigate is named after Dutch naval heroes Maarten Tromp (1598–1653) and Cornelis Tromp (1629-1691).
De Zeven Provinciën comes from the original seven provinces of the Netherlands following the Treaty of Utrecht.
Displacing 6,050 tonnes (full load), it is 144 meters long and is capable of a top speed of 30 knots.
The Dutch Air Defence and Command frigate carries a wide mix of sensors and armaments and has a crew of 202. HNLMS Tromp has accommodation for a single NH90 helicopter.
HNLMS Tromp has a stealth-orientated design. The design of the ship incorporates stealth features with emphasis on the reduction of radar cross section, infrared, acoustic, electrical and magnetic signatures.
It is the second time that the frigate takes part in EU Naval Force Somalia. HNLMS Tromp has been supporting Operation Atalanta from February until Mai 2010. During their first deployment the marines on board of HNLMS Tromp entered the pirated MV Taipan and released its whole crew of 13 persons.
Commissioned in 2012, ESPS Relampago is the third in the series of modern and multipurpose ocean patrol vessels (OPV) in the Spanish Navy. She is ninety five metres in length and has a displacement of 2,500 tones. She can accommodate a crew of eighty six and has sixteen marines and a SH 60B ‘Seahawk’ helicopter embarked.
The ESPS Relámpago was built in Spain for the Spanish Navy as one of four modular Offshore Patrol Vessels (Meteoro class). The Meteoro class of ships were designed with a modular design to allow it to be adapted to conduct a wide range of tasks from a common base.
Displacing 2,840 tonnes, she is 93.9 meters long and with 2 MTU 16 V 1163 Diesel engines and a SIEMENS electric engine is capable of a top speed of about 20 knots.
This is the third time that ESPS Relampago has deployed with Operation Atalanta. She was previously deployed to the EU’s counter-piracy operation in 2014 & 2012.