|Latvian minehunter Imanta (M-04)|
|Fate:||Sold to Latvia, 2005|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2009[update]|
|General characteristics (in Dutch service)|
|Class & type:||Tripartite-class minehunter|
536 t (528 long tons) empty|
605 t (595 long tons) full load
|Length:||51.5 m (169 ft)|
|Beam:||8.96 m (29.4 ft)|
|Height:||18.5 m (61 ft)|
|Draught:||3.6 m (12 ft)|
1 × 1370 kW Werkspoor RUB 215 V12 diesel engine|
2 × 180 kW ACEC active rudders
1 × HOLEC bow propellor
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Range:||3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing |
2 × rigid-hulled inflatable boats|
1 × PAP 104 ROV
|Complement:||4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors|
|Sensors and |
|1 × DUBM 21B sonar|
|Armament:||1 × 20 mm modèle F2 gun|
Imanta (M-04) is the lead ship of the Imanta class of minehunters for the Latvian Naval Forces. The vessel was formerly HNLMS Harlingen (M854), an Alkmaar-class minehunter of the Royal Netherlands Navy built in 1984. Alkmaar and Imanta are, respectively, the Dutch and Latvian navies' names of the Tripartite-class of minehunters, developed jointly by France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Harlingen was one of five minehunters sold to Latvia by the Netherlands in 2005 for approximately €11.4 million each. An investigation into possible corruption related to the vessels' acquisition was revealed in August 2009, when it was announced that the vessels were purchased without any instruction manuals or technical documents. It took Latvian officials over a year to acquire the necessary technical materials from France, at the cost of an additional €580,000.
References[edit | edit source]
- Toppan, Andrew (2003). "Mine Countermeasures Vessels". World Navies Today: Netherlands. Hazegray.org. http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/europe/nether.htm#4. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
- "Latvian navy buys Dutch ships 'without instruction manuals'". Earth Times. 11 August 2009. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/280976,latvian-navy-buys-dutch-ships-without-instruction-manuals.html. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
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