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Belgian minehunter Bellis (M916)
Bellis
Career (Belgium)
Name: Bellis (M916)
Builder: Mercantile-Belyard, Rupelmonde
Laid down: 9 February 1984
Launched: 14 February 1986
Christened: 18 September 1986
Commissioned: 13 August 1986
Motto: Luctor et emergo
(Latin: "I struggle and emerge")
Status: in service
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Tripartite-class minehunter
Displacement: 560 t (551 long tons)
Length: 51.5 m (169 ft 0 in)
Beam: 8.96 m (29 ft 5 in)
Height: 18.5 m (60 ft 8 in) above waterline
Draught: 3.6 m (11 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 1 × 1,370 kW (1,837 hp) Werkspoor RUB 215 V12 diesel engine
2 × 180 kW (241 hp) ACEC active rudders
1 × HOLEC bow propeller
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 × rigid-hulled inflatable boats
1 × Atlas Elektronik Seafox remote controlled submersible for mine identification and disposal
Complement: 4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 Thales Underwater Systems TSM 2022 Mk III Hull Mounted Sonar
1 SAAB Bofors Double Eagle Mk III Self Propelled Variable Depth Sonar
1 Consilium Selesmar Type T-250/10CM003 Radar
Armament: 3 × FN .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns

Bellis (M916) is a Tripartite-class minehunter of the Belgian Naval Component, launched on 14 February 1986 at the Mercantile-Belyard shipyard in Rupelmonde and christened by Ellen Goffinet-Rosman, the wife of the then Mayor of Arlon, on 18 September 1986. The patronage of the Bellis was accepted by the city of Arlon. It was the second of the Belgian Tripartite-class minehunters.[2]

Commissioned on 13 August 1986, the ship participated the rescue of the Herald of Free Enterprise in March 1987.[2]

Bellis was attached to NATO's Mine Countermeasure Force (North) (MCMFORNORTH) in 1987, 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2004, and to Mine Countermeasures Force (South) (MCMFORSOUTH) in 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2003.[2]

It is currently commanded by Lieutenant First Class Emmanuel Verhaege.[2]

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