Belgian Navy F930 Leopold I frigate to take part in Joint Warrior naval exercise in Scotland

Belgian Navy F930 Leopold I frigate will take part in the Joint Warrior a major bi-annual multi-national exercise that takes place in the Scottish Exercise Areas. Seven other frigates from Canada, Denmark, France, and Portugal will also join the King George V Docks in Glasgow between September 30 and October 4 to participate in the Joint Warrior.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Belgian Navy F930 Leopold I frigate. (Picture source Belgian Navy)

Joint Warrior (JW) 202 will take place between the 04th October and 15th October 2020. The exercise will consist of anti-submarine exercises conducted by warships, submarines and aircraft in coastal and offshore waters to the north, north-west, and west of Scotland.

The Joint Warrior naval exercise will involve a total of 28 warships, two submarines, 81 aircraft, and more than 6,000 military personnel.

The Leopold I (F930) is a Karel Doorman-class frigate of the Marine Component (Belgian Navy) of the Belgian Armed Forces. It is one of the two frigates of this class purchased from the Royal Netherlands Navy on 22 December 2005.

In December 2005, the defense ministers of the Netherlands and Belgium signed a contract for the sale of two Karel Doorman frigates to the Belgian Navy. Karel Doorman (F827) was transferred to the Belgian Navy in March 2007 and christened Leopold I (F930). Willem Van Der Zaan (F829) was decommissioned in August 2006, transferred to the Belgian Navy in April 2008, and rechristened the Louise-Marie (F931).

The Leopold I frigate is armed with 16 × RIM-7 Sea Sparrow anti-air VLS (Vertical Launching System), eight Boeing Harpoon anti-ship missile, 2 to FN MAG 7.62 mm machine gun, 2 to 4 Browning M2 12.7 mm machine gun, two Twin-Mark 46 torpedo tubes, one OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun and 1 Goalkeeper CIWS Close-In Weapon System.

The Leopold I ship carries one NH90 NFH NATO frigate helicopter for autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface ship warfare (AsuW) role.