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Belgium approves M-frigate replacement

29 May 2018

Belgium's Council of Ministers on 25 May approved the replacement of the Naval Component's two M-frigates with two new multirole frigates for more than EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion), Defence Minister Steven Vandeput's website has announced.

The new frigates will be designed, developed, and built under a joint programme led by the Netherlands, which is also replacing its two M-frigates. Belgium's M-frigates are former Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) ships.

The Council of Ministers also authorised the signature of memorandum of understanding with the Netherlands on the M-frigate replacement as well as on a joint programme led by Belgium to replace the two countries' mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs).





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