A joint project between the Belgian and Dutch navies to build mine-resistant ships is facing delays.

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A joint project between the Belgian and Dutch navies to build mine-resistant ships is facing delays.

A joint effort between the Belgian and Dutch navies to replace aging Tripartite-class mine countermeasures (MCM) ships is facing delays, the Belgian Ministry of Defense press office has announced.

At the request of Belgium Naval&Robotics, the Naval Group-Exail consortium, the delivery schedule for the first four of the twelve ships has been updated. The lead main vessel, BNS Oostende (M940), should begin performing service and combat missions in December 2024. However, it is already known that at the moment, the Belgian Navy will have to wait at least eight months for this event.



The first Dutch ship of this project, BNS Vlissingen (M840), should be delivered in early summer 2025. Dutch sailors, in turn, will have to wait about another six months for the completion of construction. BNS Tournai (M941) and BNS Scheveningen (M841) will arrive one and two months late respectively. More or less within the planned time frame, work should be normalized with the fifth ship BNS Brugge (M942). This ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Belgian Navy in December 2026.

The main Belgian military department emphasized that the RMCM program passed a full design review at the end of 2022, thus completing the overall development of the solution. According to the Ministry of Defense, the reason for the delays both in the construction of ships and in their equipment is:

The effect of several recent unexpected events.

The first reason given by the Belgian Ministry of Defense to justify the delays is the temporary closure of the Naval Group during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the downtime, financial resources were required to adapt the restoration of our own production.

The Belgian military cites military actions in Ukraine as another justification for shifting the delivery deadline. With the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, additional difficulties were created, for example, in the supply of specific metals, which were originally planned to be supplied from the Azovstal metallurgical plant located in Mariupol, and rising energy prices. And these problems are compounded by long-known labor shortages.
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  1. 0
    15 May 2024 07: 06
    It's time for the Dutch to start doing "inporto" (from foreign ports) replacement.
  2. 0
    15 May 2024 07: 15
    in the supply of specific metals, which were initially planned to be supplied from the Azovstal metallurgical plant, located in Mariupol, and rising energy prices.

    Open your mouth for a Russian piece! And here are the figurines!! tongue
  3. +1
    15 May 2024 07: 38
    in the supply of specific metals that were initially planned to be supplied from the Azovstal metallurgical plant,

    That is, at the design stage, they laid metal from a specific enterprise?!
  4. 0
    15 May 2024 12: 34
    The effect of several recent unexpected events.
    Wow, how subtle. laughing Just say straight out, there is no money and the further you go, the less there will be. There is only one way out, take it away from pensioners and cut the rest of the social system even further (which is what they are doing; it’s not like they’re taking away benefits from migrants laughing ). It will be even more interesting next.
    And these problems are compounded by long-known labor shortages
    As for the labor shortage, it’s their own fault. White heterosexual men, who essentially created the material wealth of this world, were declared outlaws. And accountants with lawyers and dog groomers, in addition to them migrants, as well as 150 rainbow genders, who knows with what drive and the rest of the riffraff, are not going to work with their hands.