The Crest of HS SPETSAI is the same Crest used by the former homonymous ships. It represents a version of the flag raised by the ships of Spetsai island during the Independence War against the Ottoman Empire (1821-1832). The flag's main theme is the Cross, the Nation's symbol during the Independence War, on top of an upside down half moon, the Ottoman Empire's symbol. On both sides of the Cross a spear and an upside down anchor upon which there is a snake, are depicted.
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.
HistoryΗS SPΕΤSΑΙ is a MEKO 200 HN class frigate, designed by the German company HDV and built in the Hellenic Shipyards. She was commissioned on the 24th of October 1996. Since then she takes part in all Hellenic Navy's operations. It is one of the most modern units of the Hellenic Navy implementing many tecnological innovations. ΗS SPETSAI is the fifth ship of the Fleet in the history of the Hellenic Navy bearing this name. The first one was a sailing corvette, the ex-named "AGAMENON" owned by the patriot Laskarina Bouboulina. She was bought by the Greek Government and was commissioned in 1830; the same year the Hellenic Navy was founded. Unfortunately, in 1831 she was set on fire at Poros island. The second ship under this name was a steam tender ship, with a displacement of 433 tons, built in the English Shipyards of Blackwall during 1881. Her armament consisted of a stable Krupp 270/30 gun and a small machine gun. The Krupp gun was later replaced by a 6in gun. This ship remained in the fleet until a new battleship under the same name was ordered. The battleship SPETSAI was the third ship bearing this name. She had a displacement of 4.900 tons, and was built by the French Company "Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee" at their shipyards in Grannville, Le Havre, between 1887 and 1891. After modifications and additions to her armament, she participated in the 1897 naval war operations with the Ionian Squadron, being assigned to bomb the Turkish Forts in Amvrakikos bay. During the 1912-13 Balkan naval war operations, she was the Battleship's task force Flagship. Finally, between 1922-1929 she was used as the Communication Academy, and then she got decommissioned. The fourth ship bearing this name was one of the four DARDO class destroyers, having a full displacement of 1936 tons, and a speed of an amazing 41,5 knots. She was built by the Odero - Terni - Orlando Shipyard in La Spezzia, Italy, and was commissioned in 1933. She participated in 1940 - 41 naval war operations, one of which was the third Otranto Straits raid on the 5th and 6th of January, 1941. After the captivation of Greece by the Axis Forces, HS SPETSAI fled to the Middle East. She was then sent to Khalkhuta, India for the necessary repairs and upgrades in her armament. She returned to Greece with the rest of the Fleet, and was used as an escort until the end of the war. When Greece got liberated, she was decommissioned.
Mission - Participation in NATO Exercises
ΗS SPETSAI is a multi purpose frigate. It can operate in a multi - threat environment (i.e. against ships, submarines, aircrafts and guided missiles), even under nuclear and biochemical environment. The ship has taken part in many NATO exercieses such as : "ALBA", "DYNAMIC MIX '97", "STRONG RESOLVE '98", "INVITEX - IONIAN SEA" in association with SNFM forces (2000). She participated in SNFM (2000) and in operation "ΕΝDURING FREEDOM" as an organic asset. Additionaly, she has also taken part in FOST training during 1998 and 2004 with great success. May of 2015 she has taken part in NOBLE DINA exercise with American and Israeli Navy and she has represented Greece in the opening of the new Suez canal at August of 2015Former Commanders
PARTICIPATION IN NATO EXERCISES
DYNAMIC MIX ‘97
STRONG RESOLVE ‘98
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
INVITEX – IONIAN SEA
BRIGHT STAR 09
NOBLE DINA 2015