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BELGIAN NAVY (BELGIUM)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

TEMSE inshore minesweepers (1957-1959)

Herstal 1970

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Temse M470   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 8/1956   1/1958 to USA 1970
Hasselt M471   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 11/1956   4/1958 stricken 1986
Kortrijk M472   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 3/1957   6/1958 stricken 1989
Lokeren M473   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 5/1957   8/1958 stricken 1987
Turnhout M474   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 9/1957   9/1958 stricken 1991
Tongeren M475   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 11/1957   12/1958 stricken 1991
Merksem M476   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 4/1958   2/1959 stricken 1992
Oudenaarde M477   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 5/1958   4/1959 stricken 1989
Herstal M478   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 8/1956   10/1957 stricken 1991
Huy M479   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 11/1956   3/1958 stricken 1990
Seraing M480   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 3/1957   6/1958 stricken 1990
Tournai M481   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 5/1957   7/1958 to USA 1970
Visé M482   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 9/1957   9/1958 stricken 1992
Ougrée M483   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 11/1957   12/1958 stricken 1992
Dinant M484   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 4/1958   1/1959 stricken 1992
Andenne M485   Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke 5/1958   4/1959 stricken 1992

 

Displacement standard, t

160

Displacement full, t

190

Length, m

32.5 pp 34.5 oa

Breadth, m

6.70

Draught, m

2.10

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Fiat-Mercedes Benz MB820 diesels

Power, h. p.

1260

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 2300(10)

Armament

1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, LL mechanical/magnetic/acoustic minesweeping gear

Sensors

Decca 1229 radar

Complement

17

Ship project history: These inshore minesweepers were derived from the British 'Ham' class. All were built in Belgium, eight (M478-485) under MDAP and the remainder under Belgian Navy estimates. Designed lo sweep the Schelde River, they were fitted for acoustic, magnetic and mechanical sweeping to a depth of 4.5-10m.

Modernizations: late 1960s, all: - 1 x 2 - 20/70; + 1 x 2 - 12.7/90

Naval service: No significant events.

Merksem 1980

Ivan Gogin, 2016