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Sunday, March 18th 2018, 2:51pm

17 August
Cockerill has begun testing two prototypes of its Marine Tank, currently under development as a private-venture. The tank has a large flotation hull allowing amphibious use, being propelled by its tracks in the water. The trials will hopefully find the optimum bow form and water propulsion. The design is likely to be offered for export.

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Sunday, April 15th 2018, 11:00am

1 September
The first stone was laid to mark the beginning of construction of a new Auto Union car manufacturing factory in Forest/Vorst, southwest of Brussels. The venture is the brainchild of Pierre D'Ieteren, this family of industrialists also owns a long established coach-building business. D’Ieteren has been the Belgian importer of several US brands including Studebaker since the mid-1930s and recently entered into an agreement with the German Auto Union to import and build cars in Belgium for the domestic market. It is planned the factory will ultimately complete 75 cars a day by 1952.

The Navy’s first purpose-built diving tender, ZM-1 Vise, commissioned with the 2nd Support Squadron at Zeebrugge this afternoon. The boat is based on the Herstal Class minesweeper with only minimal changes for her diver support role.