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Tripartite-class minehunter

French Tripartite minehunter Céphée
French Tripartite minehunter Céphée
Class overview
Name: Tripartite class
Built: 1981-1989
In service: 1981-
In commission: 1981
Completed: 45
Retired: 0
General characteristics
Type: Minehunter
  • 536 t (528 long tons) empty
  • 605 t (595 long tons) full load
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)
  • 1 × 1370 kW "Werkspoor RUB 215" V12 diesel
  • 2 × 180 kW ACEC active rudders
  • 1 × HOLEC bow propellor
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Complement: 4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
  •  French Navy:
  • 1 × DUBM 21B sonar
  • 1 × Decca 1229 navigation radar
  •  Belgian Marine Component:
  • 1 × Thales Underwater Systems TSM 2022 Mk III Hull Mounted Sonar
  • 1 × SAAB Bofors Double Eagle Mk III Self Propelled Variable Depth Sonar
  • 1 × Consilium Selesmar Type T-250/10CM003 Radar
Armour: none
Aviation facilities: none

The Tripartite class is a class of mine warfare vessel used by the navies of Belgium, France and the Netherlands, as well as Pakistan, Indonesia, Latvia, and Bulgaria.


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).

Ships of the class


(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)



("Alkmaar" class)


("Munsif" class)

See also


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