Belgian frigate Westdiep (F911)
Westdiep at Zeebrugge
|Builder:||Cockerill Yards, Hoboken, Antwerp|
|Laid down:||2 September 1974|
|Launched:||8 December 1975|
|Christened:||20 January 1978|
|Decommissioned:||5 October 2007|
|Out of service:||Sold to Bulgaria in February 2008|
|Homeport:||Zeebrugge Naval Base|
|Motto:||"Altum est Regnum Meum"|
|Class and type:||Wielingen-class frigate|
|Length:||106.38 m (349.0 ft)|
|Beam:||12.30 m (40.4 ft)|
|Draught:||5.60 m (18.4 ft)|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h)|
|Range:||6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)|
|Complement:||14 officers, 84 NCO's and 59 sailors|
Westdiep was a Wielingen-class frigate of the Belgian Navy. She was launched on 8 December 1975 at the Cockerill Yards in Hoboken, and christened by Princess Astrid of Belgium, on 20 January 1978. The patronage of the Westdiep was accepted by the city of Sint-Niklaas. Westdiep was the second ship in the Wielingen class. She had the pennant number F911.
On 5 October 2007 Westdiep, by then the last commissioned frigate of Belgian construction in the Belgian Navy, was withdrawn from service.
She was sold to the Bulgarian Navy together with her sister, Wielingen. Another sistership, Wandelaar has already been sold to Bulgaria. Westdiep entered service with them under the name Gordi (Горди - Proud), and with the pennant number 43.
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