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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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The Eagle has Landed – L’Aigle French Minehunter in West India Dock


Today we said goodbye to the Gorch Fock and HMCS Iroquois in West India Dock but welcome  L’ Aigle an Eridan Class Mine Warfare Vessel of the French Navy.


The L’Aigle is the latest in a long line of ships in the French Navy to bear the name Aigle meaning Eagle.


The ship is known as a Tripartite vessel because it was made in the 1980s as part of  a joint venture between the French, Belgian and Dutch Navies.


It will open for a tour between 2pm and 5pm on Friday the 3rd of May.