Thanks Guys!December 22 2013 at 8:35 AM
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Hey guys...good info! This gives me a pretty good idea of what Schouten was being used for in her final days under Dutch control.
Kevin...your info states that Schouten was requisitioned from the Netherlands Steamship Company on March 13, 1941 for use as a training ship for KM personnel. On December 7 she was reassigned to the role of "Air Defense Ship" in the Madoera Strait. As Jan mentioned, it appears that she was unarmed and used an air defense picket ship.
I've read that Allied fighters defending Soerabaja typically got about 10-20 minutes advance warning of Japanese bombers approaching the port. Since this most likely was before any of the Allied RADAR stations on Java were operational in late February, I'm thinking Schouten could have been the source of these early alerts. Being stationed off Gili would probably have put her right on the most favorable flight path from Makassar to Soerabaja, which is where most of the initial Japanese attacks on Soerabaja originated from.