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     M-653 Capricorne      

Photo byDecember 2011. The Toulon. Photo by A. Andreev.

Country: France.
Class, [Type]: Tripartite, [MHC].
Homeport: Toulon.

Callsign: FAPO ( Foxtrot Alfa Papa Oscar )

Builder: Beliard, Ostende, Belgium.
Launch date: 26 February 1987.
Commission date: 14 August 1987.

Displacement ( tons ): 570 standard, 625 full load.
Dimensions ( metres ): 51,5 x 9 x 3,8.
Main machinery: 1 x Wartsila A-RUB 215V-12 diesel ( 1900 hp ), 2 x motors ( 240 hp ).
Speed ( knots ): 18 diesel, 7 electric.
Range ( miles ): 3000 at 12 knots.
Complement: 49 ( 5 officers ).

Guns: 1 x 1 GIAT F2 20mm, 2 x 1 12,7mm MG, 1 x 1 7,62mm MGs.
Minehunting: 2 x PAP 104 Mod4, 1 x Bofors Double Eagle Mk2 ROV.

Radars: Navigation: Decca DRBN-38A.
Sonars: DUBM-21E.
Comment: Ex Belgian Navy ship Dianthus ( M-918 ).

Year of visit the Black Sea:  20062019

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