Bulgarian frigate Drazki 41
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Drazki at Black Sea
|Launched:||21 June 1977|
|Out of service:||February 2004|
|Homeport:||Zeebrugge Naval Base|
|Motto:||"Fit via Vi"|
|Fate:||Sold to Bulgaria in February 2004|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Wielingen-class frigate|
|Length:||106.38 m (349 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||12.30 m (40 ft 4 in)|
|Draught:||5.60 m (18 ft 4 in)|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Complement:||14 officers, 71 NCO's and 74 sailors|
Drazki (Дръзки – Daring) is a Wielingen-class frigate of the Bulgarian Navy. Originally constructed for the Belgian Navy as Wandelaar, the ship was acquired by the Bulgarian Navy in 2004. The frigate is currently in active service.
Construction and career
Wandelaar was launched on 21 June 1977 at the Boelwerf in Temse. The frigate was later commissioned on 3 October 1978 with the pennant number F912. Wandelaar was the third ship in the Wielingen class. .
She was sold to the Bulgarian Navy in 2004. Wandelaar was refurbished and commissioned as Drazki and with the pennant number 41. In 2008 two other sister ships, Wielingen and Westdiep, were sold to Bulgaria.
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