Hellenic Submarines Command was established in 1912. During that year, 2 Submarines, (HS DELFIN and HS XIFIAS), built in France, joined the Hellenic Naval Forces. Both Submarines participated in the Balkan Wars (1912-13) and remained in service until 1920.
The Hellenic Navy has been the first navy ever to fire a torpedo against an enemy target. The torpedo was fired on the 9th of December 1912 from HS DELFIN commanded by Lt Paparigopoulos, against the enemy cruiser Medjidieh, without success.
During WWII the Hellenic Navy operated 6 submarines built in France in the late 20’s. The six Greek submarines had significant action in the Adriatic and the Aegean Sea. Four of them were lost in battle, with a total loss of 106 crewmen, more than 50% .
WW II Lost In Battle Hellenic Submarines
After the war, the Submarine Command acquired consequently various types of submarines.
At first British built submarines and later in the 60’s, US built submarines. These were kept in service until early 90’s.
“V” CLASS GUPPY CLASS
From 1971 to 1979 eight modern German Submarines joined the force of HELSUBCOM. At the present the Submarine Flotilla retains 7 209 submarines. One of them, HS OKEANOS just completed its modernization according to NEPTUNE II program.
209 TYPE (1100) 209 TYPE (1200)
GLAFKOS CLASS POSEIDON CLASS
4 SUBS 4 SUBS
In the meantime, from 1991 until 2000, the four 209 GLAFKOS class submarines had also undergone a middle-life modernization program, NEPTUNE I, during which they were upgraded and modernized in terms of sensors, electronics and weapon firing system with the capability of SUB HARPOON launching.
NEPTUNE I (1991-2000)
In 2010 HS PAPANIKOLHS the first 214 class submarine built in Germany was commissioned. Since then 2 more built at Hellenic Shipyard premises were delivered. The fourth is still undergoing sea trials. Today the submarine force consists of 11 submarines.
3 TYPE 209NEPTUNE I 3 TYPE 209
4 TYPE 214 1 TYPE 209 NEPTUNE II
HELLENIC SUBMARINE FLOTILLA (1884 – TODAY)