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French Minehunters Visit Tallinn

CMT Cassiopée
CMT Cassiopée Source: Photo: Courtesy Marine nationale

Two French minehunters, the Cassiopée and the Sagittaire, will be moored in Tallinn's Old City Harbor on May 12 and will be open to the public from 13:00 to 17:00.

The pair of minehunters, participating in a joint mine-clearing operation Open Spirit in Estonian coastal waters in May, will be berthed on Saturday next to the entry to the Old City Harbor's cruise ship area, with access via Logi street.

CMT Cassiopée is an "Eridan" class minehunter built for the navies of France, Belgium and The Netherlands. The French built the mine-hunting equipment, the Belgians provided the electronics and the Dutch constructed the propulsion unit.

Displacing 615 tonnes, the Cassiopée was built in 1980 and commissioned into service in 1984.

The Sagittaire, belonging to the same class, specializes in detection and neutralizing of bottom mines. It was built in 1993 and commissioned into service in 1996. Like its twin, it has a crew of 48.


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