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Re: Belgian Navy 1939

April 26 2007 at 5:26 AM
Susan Cross 

Response to Re: Belgian Navy


I might add that the Belgians had abolished their "real" navy c. 1932 as an economy measure, but that there were moves during the Thirties to bring it back.

I used to go through the back issues of US Naval Institute "Proceedings" at my university library, and I remember a proposal in 1939 to build or buy new ships for a resurrected Belgian Navy: 1 fast patrol vessel (presumably Artevelde, already on order), 1 "naval cutter", 3 minesweepers, 4 patrol boats, 1 transport (trips to the Congo?), 1 training ship, 1 survey ship.

The merchant/fishery shipbuilding industry in Belgium would have been quite capable of building these, contrariwise, some existing vessels could have been taken over.

This message has been edited by soucee on Apr 26, 2007 7:01 AM

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