Belgian Navy Frigate BNS Louise-Marie Arrives at NSA Souda Bay in Crete, Greece

The Belgian Navy’s Karel Doorman-class frigate BNS Louise-Marie (F931) has arrived at the United States Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay in Crete, Greece.

The ship reportedly arrived at the naval base for replenishment.

BNS Louise-Marie (F931)

Louise-Marie (F931) is a Karel Doorman-class frigate of the Marine Component of the Belgian Armed Forces that was commissioned in 2008.

It is the second of the two frigates of this class that were purchased from the Royal Netherlands Navy on 22 December 2005. During its service in the Netherlands, it was known as HNLMS Willem van der Zaan (F829).

HNLMS Willem van der Zaan was rechristened Louise-Marie (F931) on 8 April 2008 in Antwerp by Queen Paola of Belgium. It was named after Louise-Marie, the name of a naval vessel purchased by the Belgian navy in 1840, which in turn was named after Queen Louise-Marie of Belgium, the wife of Leopold I.

NSA Souda Bay

NSA Souda Bay is strategically located on the northwest coast of the rugged Greek island of Crete. NSA is poised to carry out its vital mission of extending Joint and Fleet War fighting capability through Operational Support to U.S., Allied and Coalition Forces deployed within the EUCOM/CENTCOM/ AFRICOM AOR at a moment’s notice. This installation extends the war fighting capability by providing, operating and sustaining superior facilities and services dedicated to combat readiness and security of ships, aircraft, detachments and personnel.

NSA Souda Bay is located on the Hellenic Air Force Base by the village of Mouzouras 17 Kilometers (approximately 10 miles) east of the city of Hania.

NSA occupies an area of approximately 110 acres on the North side of the air base, which is the home of the Hellenic Air Force’s 115th Combat Wing. The airfield also serves as the civilian airport for the Hania region of Crete.

NSA Souda Bay is physically located on the large circular shaped Akrotiri Peninsula, which forms the northern face of the Souda harbor. A Hellenic Naval Base occupies a large portion of both the North and South coast of the Souda Bay harbor along with the port village of Souda.

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