This paper presents a summary of a recent concept exploration effort for the replacement of the “Tri-Partite” class mine-hunters conducted at the Netherlands Ministry of Defense’s Defense Materiel Organization. Both the process and the ship synthesis model that were used are extensively discussed. Of particular interest is the process, as it is the first time that a novel type of “packing-based” ship synthesis model was applied to a Royal Netherlands Navy procurement project. In all, the application of this novel ship synthesis model was deemed successful. It enabled the rapid evaluation of a wide range of alternatives in a short time-frame. Most importantly, the results of the concept exploration effort aided in the search for a technically and financially feasible solution.

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