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Saturday, March 25th 2017, 10:43am

Belgian News 1948

1 January
At the Cockerill shipyard in Antwerp two ceremonies brought some extra excitement to the New Year’s Day celebrations in the city. The first was the keel-laying ceremony of a new training cruiser, the Queen Julianna. This ship has been purpose-designed as a training ship for service overseas and also capable of use as a cruiser in times of war. She is the first major warship of this class and size to be designed and built wholly in Belgium, our previous cruisers having been Australian designs.
The second ceremony in the afternoon was the launching of the Spa Class escort Nieuwpoort, the sixth and final vessel planned in the class. Her sister Rochefort was launched at Zeebrugge shipyard by the Mayoress of the city.
In other naval news, the destroyer tender DT-1 Groenendael will very soon begin a modernisation refit.

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Saturday, May 13th 2017, 10:21am

8 February
A terrible bus accident in Warsage in the province of Liege has left 24 passengers dead, police are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

12 February
The Finance Ministry has confirmed that the Navy's plans for a repeat world tour this year have been refused approval on the basis of high cost. It has emerged that with the change-over to oil fuel from coal that the Navy has been hamstrung by a lack of oil fuel reserves and last year's voyage used a large portion of the fuel fund, especially with overseas charges. It is believed that the Navy may be able to send one ship to either to southern Europe or West Africa this year.