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French Tripartite minehunter Céphée
|Length:||51.5 m (169 ft)|
|Beam:||8.96 m (29.4 ft)|
|Height:||18.5 m (61 ft)|
|Draught:||3.6 m (12 ft)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Range:||3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|Complement:||4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors|
A joint venture of the navies of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the Tripartite class of minehunters were conceived in the 1970s and built in the 1980s. France built the mine-hunting equipment, Belgium provided the electronics, and the Netherlands constructed the propulsion train. France and the Netherlands originally bought 15, with Belgium buying 10.
All three countries' Tripartite ships contribute at times to NATO's Standing Maritime MCM capability groups (SNMCMG1 or SNMCMG2).
A total of 45 ships have been produced in the tripartite-class, below is a breakdown of how many ships each country has acquired.
(Éridan class, Thales Group is currently upgrading France's Tripartite minehunters)
Originally 10 ships were built for the Belgian navy. All remaining Belgian vessels have undergone an extensive upgrade during 2004-2008 involving replacement of the anti-mine warfare equipment. Also called "CMT" for Chasseur de Mines Tripartite, all are named after flowers and are thus sometimes called the "Flower" class in international literature.
Currently in service:
Formerly: M920 Iris, M919 Fuchsia and M918 Dianthus were sold to France and M922 Myosotis was sold to Bulgaria
(Pulau Rengat class)
The Netherlands and Belgium are doing a joint procurement for the replacements of the Tripartite-class/Alkmaar-class minehunters. Both countries want to procure six new mine countermeasure (MCM) vessels, which makes for a total of 12 MCM ships. The New MCM ships will include a range of unmanned systems including unmanned surface, aerial and underwater vehicles alongside towed sonars and mine identification and neutralization ROVs.
Belgium gave the green-light to start the procurement on 26 January 2018 and approved a budget of 1.1 billion euros for the six Belgian MCM ships. The ships will replace besides the Tripartite-class minehunters, also the Belgian logistical support ship Godetia.
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