Company Introduction


Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS)  is a naval shipyard that makes optimal use of its know-how and experience from both the military and commercial sectors and is specialised in the design and construction of naval vessels and complex commercial vessels.


Royal Schelde was founded in the year 1875 and in 2000 became a member of the Damen Shipyards Group. The group consists of more than 30 major shipyards and operating companies around the world, has built more than 4,000 commercial and military vessels, currently employees nearly 8,500 skilled workers and has nearly EUR1,5 billion in annual turnover. Over the past years DSNS has made great strides in efficiency, subcontracting a significant amount of work and now building more ships than before. Flexibility, Performance and Perfection has become our trade mark.


As the supplier of naval surface combatants and auxiliaries to the Royal Netherlands Navy, the yard has carried out over 50 years of continuous frigate and auxiliary vessel development which resulted in seven generations of frigates and four generation of auxiliary vessels.