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Belgium will participate in Operation Atalanta with a frigate

(B2)It's confirmed. On Friday, the Council of Ministers decided that Belgium would participate in the European military operation to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden (read: the Eunavfor Atalanta device).

The frigate Louise Marie (F-931) (*) based in Zeebrugge will join the Dutch ships to reinforce the European force during the third period of the operation, from August to November 2008.

Weighing 3300 tonnes, this multifunctional frigate (anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, surface ships) can travel at 21 knots and is crewed by 145 sailors. Its armament is detailed in the image opposite.

Acquired by Belgium very recently (in April 2008), from the Dutch navy (as part of a Benelux cooperation contract), it is the second frigate of this type alongside the frigate Leopold 1er, which serves Lebanon (in the Dutch Navy these boats were known as F829 Willem van der Zaan and F827 Karel Doorman).


(*) and not the Léopold 1er as mentioned initially.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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