Emblematic launching ceremony, this Wednesday in Concarneau in Brittany, in the presence of Ludivine Dedonder, Belgian Defense Minister, Kaisa Ollongren, her counterpart from the Netherlands, and Patricia Mirallès, Secretary of State for Veterans fighters.
The first of twelve next-generation mine countermeasures vessels, intended for the Belgian Navy, has been launched by Naval Group.
This boat, more than 82 meters long and 2,800 tons, is part of a joint order, worth 2 billion euros, signed in 2019, by the Belgian and Dutch navies (six copies each).
, this City-class ship is to be delivered to Belgium at the end of 2024. A year later, a second boat, the
will be handed over to the Netherlands.
Then deliveries will be spread out until 2030, at the rate of one minehunter every six months.
An impressive rate for such a boat, which responds to the injunction made to the arms manufacturers to produce faster
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