The Standard Frigate of the Kortenaer class has been a successful design. Conceived as a general purpose frigate for operations in the Eastern Atlantic area, it is equipped with an AAW suite for point air defence and an MC gun and ASM Harpoon for ASW. With good seakeeping behaviour, low underwater noise, low self-noise and two-helicopter capacity the platform provides a powerful ASW capability.
The design has attracted keen international interest. The Federal German Republic acquired the design for the F122, the Bremen class. Subsequently the Hellenic Navy acquired two vessels, Elli and Limnos. Since then, Bankert, Callenburg, van Kinsbergen, Kortenaer, Jan van Brakel and Pieter Florisz, Philips van Almonde and Bloys van Treslong have been sold to the HN. Abraham Crijnssen and Piet Hein have been sold to the UAE Naval Force.
A number of the HN Standard Frigates is undergoing a moajor refit/modernisation involving platform and combat systems.