Latvian minehunter Imanta (M-04)

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Career (Netherlands)
Name: Harlingen
Launched: 1984
Fate: Sold to Latvia, 2005
Career (Latvia)
Name: Imanta
Acquired: 2005
Status: in active service, as of 2009
General characteristics (in Dutch service)
Class & type: Tripartite-class minehunter
Displacement: 536 t (528 long tons) empty
605 t (595 long tons) full load
Length: 51.5 m (169 ft)
Beam: 8.96 m (29.4 ft)
Height: 18.5 m (61 ft)
Draught: 3.6 m (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 & landing
craft carried:
2 × rigid-hulled inflatable boats
1 × PAP 104 ROV
Complement: 4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × DUBM 21B sonar
Armament: 1 × 20 mm modèle F2 gun

Imanta (M-04) is the lead ship of the Imanta class of minehunters for the Latvian Naval Forces. The vessel was formerly HNLMS Harlingen (M854), an Alkmaar-class minehunter of the Royal Netherlands Navy built in 1984.[1] Alkmaar and Imanta are, respectively, the Dutch and Latvian navies' names of the Tripartite-class of minehunters, developed jointly by France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Harlingen was one of five minehunters sold to Latvia by the Netherlands in 2005 for approximately €11.4 million each. An investigation into possible corruption related to the vessels' acquisition was revealed in August 2009, when it was announced that the vessels were purchased without any instruction manuals or technical documents. It took Latvian officials over a year to acquire the necessary technical materials from France, at the cost of an additional €580,000.[2]

As of August 2009, Imanta was in active service with the Latvian Naval Forces and available for NATO operations.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toppan, Andrew (2003). "Mine Countermeasures Vessels". World Navies Today: Netherlands. Hazegray.org. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Latvian navy buys Dutch ships 'without instruction manuals'". Earth Times. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009.