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French Navy Ship Eridan in West India Dock


FS Eridan M641

After welcoming the HMS Tyne into West India Dock this week, today we welcome another visitor the FS Eridan  (M641) a French Navy Minesweeper.


The Eridan is Eridan class and is known as a Tripartite Ship that is because  they were part of joint venture of the navies of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the Tripartite class of minesweepers were conceived in the 1970s and built in the 1980s. France built the mine-hunting equipment, Belgium provided the electronics, and the Netherlands constructed the propulsion train.


The Eridan was built in Lorient, launched in 1981 and entered service in 1984.
Her home base is Brest.


This class of minesweeper is mainly used for detection, localization, classification, identification and destruction or neutralization of mines funds from 10 to 80 meters.
But they also guide convoys under threat of mines.

Eridan and HMS Tyne

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