BE Wielingen class



Frigate Wielingen class

Also known as E-71 class they were the first, and so far only, warships built in Belgium since WWII. Designed for escort missions in the North Sea/English channel area, they are heavily armed despite their limited size. Three of them transferred to Bulgaria after retirement while the other was scrapped after a grounding accident.


1940light (tn)
2280full load (tn)
106.40length (m)
12.30beam (m)
5.60draught (m)
6000range (nm)
28max speed (knots)

2Naval Engine diesel
1Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine propulsion system: CODOG

4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher
1Missile Launcher Mk 29 8-cell Sea Sparrow

1Naval Gun Creusot-Loire 100 mm
1Rocket Launcher ASW mortar 375 mm
2Torpedo Launchers L5 torpedo launcher

1Naval Radar air search radar DA05
1Naval Radar fire direction radar WM25
1Sonar hull mounted and towed sonar AN/SQS-505

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Typical Max
No Landing platform


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19782006BEBelgian NavyF910WielingenORJR
2009-- BG Bulgarian Navy 42 Verni
19782007BEBelgian NavyF911WestdiepORJS
2009-- BG Bulgarian Navy 43 Gordi
19782004BEBelgian NavyF912WandelaarORJT
2004-- BG Bulgarian Navy 41 Drazki
19781993BEBelgian NavyF913WesthinderORJU

4 units


1973-octOrderedOrdered BE F910 Wielingen
1973-octOrderedOrdered BE F911 Westdiep
1973-octOrderedOrdered BE F912 Wandelaar
1973-octOrderedOrdered BE F913 Westhinder
1975-aug-12LaunchedLaunched BE F911 Westdiep
1976-mar-30LaunchedLaunched BE F910 Wielingen
1976-mar-30LaunchedLaunched BE F913 Westhinder
1977-jun-21LaunchedLaunched BE F912 Wandelaar
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment BE F911 Westdiep Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Ryde Sand, pre Commissioning
1978-jan-20CommissionedCommissioned BE F910 Wielingen
1978-jan-20CommissionedCommissioned BE F911 Westdiep
1978-jan-20CommissionedCommissioned BE F913 Westhinder
1978-oct-03CommissionedCommissioned BE F912 Wandelaar
1990-jun-21Port VisitPort Visit BE F912 Wandelaar from 21 to 28 June Den Helder Netherlands. For Fleet Days 22+23 June
1991-sep-24Port VisitPort Visit BE F912 Wandelaar from 24sep to 4oct Den Helder Netherlands
1993 BE F913 Westhinder grounding accident near Norway during NATO manouvers
1993DecommissionedDecommissioned BE F913 Westhinder
1994-mar-09Port VisitPort Visit BE F912 Wandelaar visit Toulon France
1994-jun BE F912 Wandelaar BALTOPS 94 participated with BALTOPS 94
1995-sep-12Port VisitPort Visit BE F912 Wandelaar Rotterdam Netherlands
1998-jul-08Port VisitPort Visit BE F912 Wandelaar from 8 to 13 July Den Helder Netherlands
2002-jul-11Port VisitPort Visit BE F912 Wandelaar from 11 to 14 July Den Helder Netherlands
2004DecommissionedDecommissioned BE F912 Wandelaar
2004Fate: transferedFate: transfered BE F912 Wandelaar to Bulgaria as Drazki
2005-jul-01Port VisitPort Visit BE F911 Westdiep Present at International Festival of the Sea 2005, Portsmouth
2006DecommissionedDecommissioned BE F910 Wielingen
2007-oct-05DecommissionedDecommissioned BE F911 Westdiep
2008Fate: transferedFate: transfered BE F910 Wielingen to Bulgaria as Verni
2008Fate: transferedFate: transfered BE F911 Westdiep to Bulgaria as Gordi
2016-nov-09DeploymentDeployment BG 42 Verni Operation Sea Guardian assigned to NATO in Central Mediterranean

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