Leopold 1er and Louise Marie
(Source: Belgian Ministry of Defence; issued July 7, 2006)

(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
F- 930 Léopold Ier et F-931 Louise-Marie : these are the names with which the Belgian Navy will christen the two M-class frigates bought from the Netherlands.

This was announced today by Defence Minister André Flahaut during the double commemoration ceremony of the naval component in Ostend, which was attended by Prince Laurent.

The ceremony marked the creation of the Royal Belgian Navy 175 years ago, and the 60th anniversary of its rebirth after the Second World War.

Christening the ships with the names of the first King of the Belgians and his wife has a strong symbolic value in this 175th Anniversary of the Belgian dynasty.

We wish them fair wind in their new identity and under the Belgian ensign.

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