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ASTER minehunters (1985-1991)


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Primula 2013

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Aster M915   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 26/4/1983 29/6/1984 18/12/1985 in service (2019)
Bellis M916   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 9/2/1984 22/2/1985 14/8/1986 in service (2019)
Crocus M917   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 9/10/1984 6/8/1986 5/2/1987 in service (2019)
Dianthus M918   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 4/4/1985 16/4/1986 18/8/1987 stricken 7/1993, to France (Capricorne)
Fuchsia M919   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 31/10/1985 21/11/1986 18/2/1988 stricken 7/1993, to France (Céphée)
Iris M920   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 23/5/1986 19/6/1987 3/10/1988 stricken 7/1993, to France (Verseau)
Lobelia M921   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 4/12/1986 3/2/1988 10/5/1989 in service (2019)
Myosotis M922   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 6/7/1987 4/10/1988 14/12/1989 stricken 3/2004, to Bulgaria (Цибър [Tsibar])
Narcis M923   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 25/2/1988 20/6/1989 27/9/1990 in service (2019)
Primula M924   Béliard, Ostende et Rupelmonde 10/11/1988 8/7/1990 18/5/1991 in service (2019)


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

511

Displacement normal, t

595

Length, m

47.1 pp 51.6 oa

Breadth, m

8.96

Draught, m

2.49 hull 3.80 max

No of shafts

1 + 2 Schottel active rudders

Machinery

1 Werkspoor-Wärtsilä A-RUB215 V12 diesel

Power, h. p.

1900 + 240

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)

3000(12)

Armament

1 x 1 - 20/90 20F-2, 2x PAP-104 Mk 5 USV, OD-3 mechanical minesweeping gear

Electronic equipment

Decca 1229 radar, DUBM-21B sonar

Complement

45



Standard scale images


<i>Aster </i>1990
Aster 1990


Graphics


<i>Primula </i>2013
Primula 2013


Ship project history


Belgian contribution to the 'Tripartite' minehunter programme. Hulls were built at Ostend in a purpose-built 'ship factory' and then towed to Béliard at Rupelmonde for fitting-out. The ship's company varies from 23 to 46 according to task, six divers are carried when minehunting. A portable decompression chamber van can be carried in 01 deck abaft the forecastle break. When ships are deployed in dangerous areas they carry also two 12.7mm/90 MGs.

Modernizations


2005, Primula; 2006, Crocus; 2007, Aster; 2008, Bellis; 2009, Lobelia, Narcis: - 2x PAP-104 USVs, Decca 1229 radar, DUBM-21B sonar; + 2x Sea Fox USVs, Sterne magnetic minesweeping gear, Decca 1229C radar, TSM 2022 Mk 3, PVDS Double Eagle Mk 3 sonars, IMCMS CCS

Naval service


Aster was damaged in a collision 11/10/2007 and returned to service in January 2009.