Belgian minehunter Primula (M924)

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Primula entering Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, 9 July 2010
Primula entering Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, 9 July 2010
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Name: Primula
Namesake: Primula
Builder: Mercantile-Belyard Shipyard, Rupelmonde
Launched: 20 December 1990
Christened: 12 June 1991
Status: in active service, as of 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Tripartite-class minehunter
Displacement: 536 t (528 long tons) empty
605 t (595 long tons) full load
Length: 51.5 metres (169 ft)
Beam: 8.96 metres (29.4 ft)
Height: 18.5 metres (61 ft)
Draught: 3.6 metres (12 ft)
Propulsion: 1 × 1370 kW Werkspoor RUB 215 V12 diesel engine
2 × 180 kW ACEC active rudders
1 × HOLEC bow propellor
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
2 × rigid-hulled inflatable boats
1 × Atlas Elektronik Seafox ROV
Complement: 4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × Thales Underwater Systems TSM 2022 Mk III Hull Mounted Sonar
1 × SAAB Bofors Double Eagle Mk III Self Propelled Variable Depth Sonar
1 × Consilium Selesmar Type T-250/10CM003 Radar
Armament: 3 × 12.7 mm machine guns

Primula (M924) is a Tripartite-class minehunter of the Belgian Naval Component, launched on December 20, 1990 at the Mercantile-Belyard shipyard in Rupelmonde and christened by Mrs. Adriaensens, the wife of the then Mayor of Willebroek, on June 12, 1991. The patronage of the Primula was accepted by the city of Willebroek. It was the tenth and last of the Belgian Tripartite-class minehunters.

As of 2008, Primula is commanded by Commander Baudouin Coppieters de Gibson, who formally received the command on 24 July 2008.[1]


9-12 July 2010 Primula, in company with minehunter Bellis (M916) and support vessel Godetia (A960) paid a three-day visit to Portsmouth Naval Base, UK.

27 September 2010 Seen leaving harbour in Dartmouth, Devon in company with Belgian minehunter Aster (M915)

<googlemap version="0.9" lat="50.356551" lon="-3.573174" zoom="15" width="400" controls="large"> 50.352964, -3.574891, M924 heading downriver </googlemap>



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