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.
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