Belgian frigate Louise-Marie (F931)
Louise-Marie (F931) in Belgian service
|Name:||Willem van der Zaan|
|Namesake:||Schout-bij-nacht Willem van der Zaan|
|Builder:||KMS, Flushing (Netherlands)|
|Laid down:||6 November 1985|
|Launched:||21 January 1989|
|Commissioned:||28 November 1991|
|Decommissioned:||25 August 2006|
|Fate:||Sold to Belgium on 22 December 2005|
|Namesake:||Queen Louise-Marie of Belgium|
|Christened:||8 April 2008|
|Acquired:||22 December 2005|
|Commissioned:||8 April 2008|
|Homeport:||Zeebrugge Naval Base|
|Class & type:||Karel Doorman-class frigate|
|Length:||122.325 m (401.33 ft)|
|Beam:||14.37 m (47.1 ft)|
|Draught:||6.2 m (20 ft)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Complement:||15 officers, 70 NCO's, 60 sailors|
|Aircraft carried:||Alouette III helicopter|
Louise-Marie (F931) is a Karel Doorman-class frigate of the Naval Component of the Belgian Armed Forces that was commissioned in 2008. It is the second of the two frigates of this class that were purchased from the Royal Netherlands Navy on 22 December 2005. During its service in the Netherlands, it was known as HNLMS Willem van der Zaan (F829).
HNLMS Willem van der Zaan was rechristened Louise-Marie (F931) on 8 April 2008 in Antwerp by Queen Paola of Belgium. It was named after Louise-Marie, the name of a naval vessel purchased by the Belgian navy in 1840, which in turn was named after Queen Louise-Marie of Belgium, the wife of Leopold I.
On 29 November 2013, the ship arrived in London, UK as part of the preparations for the centenary of the start of World War I delivering soil from 70 World War I battlefields collected by British and Belgian schoolchildren for the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden in London's Wellington Barracks.
- Belgian frigate Leopold I (F930), for the other ship of this class that was sold to Belgium.
- "Nederlands fregat voortaan onder Belgische vlag" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 2 April 2008. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
-  Archived February 17, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "defence.professionals". Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
- "WW1 'sacred soil' ceremony takes place in London". BBC News. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
- Homepage of HNLMS Willem van der Zaan on the website of the Royal Netherlands Navy - Only available in Dutch.
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