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  • 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.


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    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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    BE Boelwerf - Cauwerburg2
    BE Cockerill - Moretusburg2

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    BEBelgian NavyF910WielingenORJR19782006
    BG Bulgarian Navy 42 Verni 2009--
    BEBelgian NavyF911WestdiepORJS19782007
    BG Bulgarian Navy 43 Gordi 2009--
    BEBelgian NavyF912WandelaarORJT19782004
    BG Bulgarian Navy 41 Drazki 2004--
    BEBelgian NavyF913WesthinderORJU19781993

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    1973-octOrderedBE F910 Wielingen
    1973-octOrderedBE F911 Westdiep
    1973-octOrderedBE F912 Wandelaar
    1973-octOrderedBE F913 Westhinder
    1975-aug-12LaunchedBE F911 Westdiep
    1976-mar-30LaunchedBE F910 Wielingen
    1976-mar-30LaunchedBE F913 Westhinder
    1977-jun-21LaunchedBE F912 Wandelaar
    1977-jun-25DeploymentBE F911 Westdiep Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Ryde Sand, pre Commissioning
    1978-jan-20CommissionedBE F910 Wielingen
    1978-jan-20CommissionedBE F911 Westdiep
    1978-jan-20CommissionedBE F913 Westhinder
    1978-oct-3CommissionedBE F912 Wandelaar
    1990-jun-21Port VisitBE F912 Wandelaar from 21 to 28 June Den Helder Netherlands. For Fleet Days 22+23 June
    1991-sep-24Port VisitBE F912 Wandelaar from 24sep to 4oct Den Helder Netherlands
    1993BE F913 Westhinder grounding accident near Norway during NATO manouvers
    1993DecommissionedBE F913 Westhinder
    1994-mar-9Port VisitBE F912 Wandelaar visit Toulon France
    1994-junBE F912 Wandelaar BALTOPS 94 participated with BALTOPS 94
    1995-sep-12Port VisitBE F912 Wandelaar Rotterdam Netherlands
    1998-jul-8Port VisitBE F912 Wandelaar from 8 to 13 July Den Helder Netherlands
    2002-jul-11Port VisitBE F912 Wandelaar from 11 to 14 July Den Helder Netherlands
    2004DecommissionedBE F912 Wandelaar
    2004Fate: transferedBE F912 Wandelaar to Bulgaria as Drazki
    2005-jul-1Port VisitBE F911 Westdiep Present at International Festival of the Sea 2005, Portsmouth
    2006DecommissionedBE F910 Wielingen
    2007-oct-5DecommissionedBE F911 Westdiep
    2008Fate: transferedBE F910 Wielingen to Bulgaria as Verni
    2008Fate: transferedBE F911 Westdiep to Bulgaria as Gordi
    2016-nov-9DeploymentBG 42 Verni Operation Sea Guardian assigned to NATO in Central Mediterranean

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