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  • 12 June 2017
    Authorities

    Belgian Navy’s multi-purpose frigate BNS Louise Marie departed Belgian naval base Zeebrugge on Monday to start her deployment to the European operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea. Over the course of the next 30 days, Louise Marie will be representing the Belgian contribution to the EU mission of fighting human and arms traffickers in the Mediterranean […]

  • 26 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Belgian Defense Minister will attend the multinational mine countermeasures (MCM) operation Open Spirit 2016 and observe participating ships conduct MCM tasks in the Baltic Sea on May 26. Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput will also meet the Lithuanian Defence Minister aboard the LNS Jotvingis to discuss security situation at the eastern and southern NATO borders, preparations […]

  • 14 September 2018

    Belgian Navy Tripartite-class minehunter BNS Bellis (M916) found an unexploded mine from the Second World War in the North Sea on September 13. Personnel performing unexploded ordnance (UXO) destroyed the mine off the Belgian coast this morning, the navy informed. Breaking! On Thursday night BNS Bellis found an unexploded mine from WWII! UXO destroyed this […]

  • 21 April 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    Dutch electrical systems provider Alewijnse Marine Systems was awarded a contract for the refit of key electrical systems on board RV Belgica, an oceanographic research vessel owned by the Belgian state. Back in 2015, Alewijnse completed electrical repairs on the vessel and launched a year-long research project on a limited lifetime extension of the vessel. According to the […]

  • 4 November 2016
    Authorities, Industry news, Research & Development

    Belgian Navy research ship R/V Belgica is scheduled to get a successor by 2020, the Belgium government announced on October 28. The 32-year-old ship has reached an end of its service life and needs a replacement, secretary of state for science Elke Sleurs said. RV Belgica is owned by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) on […]

  • 1 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Images: Belgian Navy Belgian Navy’s Tripartite-class minehunter M924 Primula detected what it classified as a potential mine in the Gootebank area, about 14 nautical miles off the coast, February 25. The Navy ship thereafter used its Seafox-I ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and identified the sonar contact as a German LMB mine from World War II, which was estimated to […]

  • 8 July 2014
    Authorities

    The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Zeebrugge, Belgium, July 3 to participate in the Belgian Navy Days 2014.   Belgian Navy Days 2014 is a maritime festival similar to the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Week. During Belgian Navy Days 2014 Mount Whitney will be hosting a reception, […]

  • 6 November 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    The Belgian Navy’s 34-year-old research vessel will be replaced by a larger and better-equipped successor, Belgium’s Science Policy Office (BELSPO) announced in a press conference on Tuesday. The announcement was made by Belgian secretary of state for science policy Zuhal Demir and defense minister Steven Vandeput. Belgium’s secretary of state for science Elke Sleurs announced […]

  • 25 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Photos: Belgian Navy Belgian Navy’s minehunter BNS Primula officially joined the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 1 on March 14 and on March 21 began its deployment as it, together with other ships from the group, sailed out of the Zeebruge harbor in Belgium. During the three months the ship will spend with NATO, Primula […]

  • 25 July 2018
    Authorities

    Belgian Navy command and support ship BNS Godetia assumed the role of NATO Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) flagship on July 22, taking over from Dutch submarine support ship HNLMS Mercuur (A900). Despite having 780,000 nautical miles on the clock, Godetia brings a wealth of capabilities to the group. The ship will contribute to the […]

  • 1 February 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    German-based technology company Atlas is offering a set of mine countermeasures (MCM) systems for a new class of minehunters that are to be built for the Belgian and Dutch Navy. The current minehunters operated by Belgium and the Netherlands were integrated by Atlas Elektronik and are equipped with an Atlas-delivered MCM command and control system. In […]

  • 14 November 2018
    Industry news

    The Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium composed of French companies Naval Group and ECA Group has joined forces with Belgium’s Flanders Ship Repair with the aim of securing work on the Dutch-Belgian minehunter replacement program. Belgium Belgium Naval & Robotics has launched an industrial offer anchored in Belgium to respond to a call for tenders […]

  • 11 July 2014
    Authorities

    The Belgian Navy expanded its fleet with a new patrol vessel P901 Castor. The vessel was christened and officially put into service on 10 July.   The new commander, Lieutenant Commander Sea Dirk Demedts first class, together with the crew, boarded the new ship. Castor is an important milestone in the modernization of the Belgian […]

  • 12 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Belgian Navy’s frigate Leopold I officially joined EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia on October 10. The Belgian ship will work together with the other ships already deployed in the region. On 7 October, as announced by the EU Political and Security Committee, Operation EUNAVFOR MED – Operation Sophia moved to its second phase which will allow for […]

  • 21 April 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Training & Education

    Belgian Navy’s multi-purpose frigate Louise Marie F931 has returned to its homeport in Zeebrugge, Belgium, after undergoing modernization in the Netherlands. The frigate was docked in Den Helder, where she was fitted with new weapons and communications. BNS Louise Marie will now be performing operational and readiness tests. According to the Belgian Navy, the ship should […]

  • 6 December 2013
    Training & Education

    The Netherlands-Belgian Operational School has opened its doors at the naval port in Den Helder. This binational centre of expertise conducts 170 different maritime training courses every year, with 2,500 to 3,000 attendees from the Netherlands and abroad. The school offers many state-of-the-art facilities, including a large multifunctional room, where students can work out tactical […]

  • 1 October 2013
    Training & Education

    Sailors from the Belgian Navy have paid their first visit to HMS Raleigh to practise transferring stores, fuel and other essential supplies from ship-to-ship at sea, ahead of their final assessment. The group of 15 sailors were coming to the end of their Petty Officer Seaman’s qualifying course. After months in the classroom and some […]

  • 29 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    The Belgian government on Friday, January 26, decided to give the department of defense its green light for the acquisition of six new mine countermeasure vessels. The order will be placed jointly with the Netherlands Navy which will acquire an identical number of MCM ships. In addition to mine countermeasures, the two countries are collaborating on […]

  • 21 June 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    The Belgian Navy has selected Batelle’s SeeByte to deliver its software and personnel training for the operation of unmanned maritime systems. The company’s SeeTrack software package will be integrated onto the Belgian AUV fleet which will be deployed for mine counter measures (MCM). The announcement is in line with the recently held MCM trials which […]

  • 15 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Belgian Navy’s new Caiman helicopters, which became operational in August of 2015, are now preparing for the naval aspect of their jobs. Therefore, the crew of the RN03 call-signed Caiman went to the Netherlands Naval Air Station De Kooy where they practiced deck landings on the Dutch patrol vessel HNLMS Zeeland from February 8 – 12. NHIndustries, the prime […]

  • 16 April 2018
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Belgian defense contractor OIP Sensor Systems (OIP) announced it has signed a teaming agreement with Hydroid, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, for work on the Belgian defense ministry’s Mine Counter Measures (MCM) Toolbox program. The agreement is part of OIP’s drive to form a collaboration which will combine an unmanned MCM solution with a systems integration […]

  • 5 June 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Karel Doorman-class frigate BNS Louise-Marie F931 recently became the first Belgian Navy ship to fire the Harpoon anti-ship missile during live firing drills off Norway. The event, which took place off Tromsø, Norway, from May 28 to 31, was captured on video and shared by the Belgian Navy. Though the Harpoon is a primary surface weapon on the Karel […]

  • 16 January 2019
    Authorities

    German Navy minehunter FGS Dillingen will be departing its Kiel homeport on January 21 to join the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group (SNMCMG1) for a six-month deployment. The vessel will first head for Zeebruge, Belgium, where it will join the international task group. After Dillingen joins the group flagship HDMS Thetis and another Belgian […]

  • 17 February 2012
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Belgian Navy has added to its fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) from Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of AUVs. Two new REMUS 100 AUVs will enable the Belgian Navy to detect underwater mines, improvised explosive devices and other undetonated ordnances at Very Shallow Water (VSW) areas. “Belgium’s […]

  • 13 November 2017
    Authorities

    Helping NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasure Group 1 (SNMCMG1) clear historic ordnance off the coast of France was the final task of the crew of Belgian minehunter BNS Primula before they headed home. From October 20 to November 7, Belgians worked with their colleagues in French waters off the Normandy coast. These waters were mined and […]

  • 3 September 2014
    Authorities

    Under a blanket of police security and the watchful eyes of the crews of the two escorting RN P2000 craft, HMS Biter and HMS Express, the Latvian Navy’s Tripartite-class minehunter Viesturs, sailed into Cardiff Docks.   The first of six warships, she will be joined over the next two days by ships from the UK […]

  • 26 November 2014
    Training & Education

    On 19 and 20 November, during her recent port visit to Dar Es Salam, EU Naval Force warship BNS Leopold I hosted members of the Tanzanian Navy in support of EUCAP Nestor’s initiative to conduct Local Maritime Capability Building (LMCB). On the first day, BNS Leopold I’s crew organised several workshops covering topics from Global […]

  • 16 April 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) wrapped up historical ordinance disposal operations (HODOPS) with the French Navy entering Saint Malo, France, for a port visit on April 15. During the HODOPS, SNMCMG1 surveyed more than 90 square kilometers in Dieppe Bight, on the French side of the English Channel. According to NATO […]

  • 25 July 2017
    Authorities

    Belgian Navy frigate BNS Louise Marie concluded her deployment to the EU-led migrant crisis operation in the Mediterranean Sea setting sail home on July 23. The multi-purpose frigate left operation Sophia after the scheduled 34 days of duties, despite calls for the frigate’s earlier withdrawal due to the mission’s perceived inability to reach set goals. […]