ERIDAN CLASS M641 – FRENCH NAVY VISIT DUBLIN IN APRIL 2017
The Tripartite class is a class of mine-hunters developed from an agreement between the navies of Belgium, France and the Netherlands. A total of 25 ships were constructed for the three navies. The class was constructed in the 1980s–1990s in all three countries, using a mix of minehunting, electrical and propulsion systems from the three member nations. In France, where they are known as the Éridan class they are primarily used as minehunters, but have been used for minesweeping and ammunition transport in Belgium and the Netherlands, where the Tripartites are known as the Alkmaar class.