Frigates Class Meko-200HN

Frigates Class Meko-200HN

 

Name No Builders Laid down Launched Commissioned
HYDRA F 452 Blohm + Voss, Hamburg 17 Dec 1990 25 June 1991 12 Nov 1992
SPETSAI F 453 Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga 11 Aug 1992 9 Dec 1993 24 Oct 1996
PSARA F 454 Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga 12 Dec 1993 20 Dec 1994 30 Apr 1998
SALAMIS F 455 Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga 20 Dec 1994 15 May 1997 16 Dec 1998

 

Displacement, tons: 2,710 light; 3,350 full load
Displacement Full Load (tonnes): 3403.6
Length (m): 117
Beam (m): 14.8
Draught (m): 6
Range (nm): 4100
Speed (knots): 31

Dimensions, feet (metres):383.9; 357.6 (wl) × 48.6 × 19.7 (117; 109 × 14.8 × 6)

Main machinery: CODOG; 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbines; 60,000 hp (44.76 MW)sustained; 2 MTU 20V 956 TB82 diesels; 10,420 hp(m) (7.66 MW) sustained; 2 shafts; cp props

Speed, knots: 31 gas; 20 diesel. Range, miles: 4,100 at 16 kt

Complement: 173 (22 officers) plus 16 flag staff

Missiles: SSM: 8 McDonnell Douglas Harpoon Block 1C; 2 quad launchers; active radar homing to 130 km (70 n miles) at 0.9 Mach; warhead 227 kg.
SAM: Raytheon NATO Sea Sparrow Mk 48 Mod 2 vertical launcher; 16 missiles; semi-active radar homing to 14.6 km (8 n miles) at 2.5 Mach; warhead 39 kg.

Guns: 1 FMC 5 in (127 mm)/54 Mk 45 Mod 2A 20 rds/min to 24 km (13 n miles) anti-surface; 14 km (7.7 n miles) anti-aircraft; weight of shell 32 kg. 2 GD/GE Vulcan Phalanx 20 mm Mk 15 Mod 12; 6 barrels per mounting; 3,000 rds/min combined to 1.5 km.

Torpedoes: 6-324 mm Mk 32 Mod 5 (2 triple) tubes. Honeywell Mk 46 Mod 5; anti-submarine; active/passive homing to 11 km (5.9 n miles) at 40 kt; warhead 44 kg.

Countermeasures: Decoys: 4 Mk 36 Mod 2 SRBOC chaff launchers. SLQ-25 Nixie; torpedo decoy.
ESM: Argo AR 700; Telegon 10; intercept.
ECM: Argo APECS II; jammer.

Combat data systems: Signaal STACOS Mod 2; Links 11 and 14.

Weapons control: 2 Signaal Mk 73 Mod 1 (for SAM). Vesta Helo transponder with datalink for OTHT. SAR-8 IR search. SWG 1 A(V) Harpoon LCS.

Radars: Air search: Signaal MW08; 3D; F/G-band.
Air Surface search: Signaal/Magnavox; DA08, F-band.
Navigation: Racal Decca 2690 BT; ARPA; I-band.
Fire Control: 2 Signaal STIR; I/J/K-band.
IFF: Mk XII Mod 4.

Sonars: Raytheon SQS-56/DE 1160; hull-mounted and VDS.

Helicopters: 1 Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk.

Programmes: Decision to buy four Meko 200 Mod 3HN announced on 18 April 1988. West German Government 'offset' of tanks and aircraft went with the sale, and the electronics and some of the weapon systems secured through US FMS credits. The first ship ordered 10 February 1989 built by Blohm + Voss, Hamburg and the remainder ordered 10 May 1989 at Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga. Programme was delayed by financial problems at Hellenic Shipyards in 1992 and some of the prefabrication of Spetsai was done in Hamburg.

Structure: The design follows the Portuguese 'Vasco da Gama' class. All steel fin stabilisers.

Operational: Aegean Hawk carried from 1995.