The crest shows anchor and winding in this a snake, cross and javelin lancer with flag, superimposed on inverted crescent. This flag corresponds to the letter "Z" and means "sail INDEPENDENT". It was raised by Admiral PavlosKountouriotis onboard battleship “AVERΟF” during naval battle of Elli (Greek Cruiser), near to the homonymous cape in the entrance of Dardanellia (3 December 1912). The phrase that is written under the crescent, “I’m sailing with unstoppable momentum”(«ΠΛΕΩΜΕΘ' ΟΡΜΗΣΑΚΑΘΕΚΤΟΥ»), was included in the notice that was sent by the Admiral to the Naval Minister during the persecution of the Turkish fleet. The cross and the crescent symbolize the victory of the Hellenic Orthodox Nation upon the Turkish one. It is similar with the crest of the homonymous battleships, namely the one which took part on missions and operations during 2nd World War, and the latest one which was decommissioned in 1995.
Main Machine: 2 RR Olympus 56.800 HR, 2 RR Tyne 10
Armament: 1 76mm ΟTΟMelara Guns, 1 CIWS Phalanx, Surface-to-Surface Missile System Harpoon and Surface-to-Air Missile System NATO SEA SPARROW, ASW torpedoes and chaff launchers. She can carry two (2) ΑΒ212 helicopters.
She was built by the Dutch shipyards KoninklijkaMaatschappij de Schelde in Vlissingen, and she was included in the force of Dutch Navy on 26 October 1978. The formal commissioning ceremony took place in Den Helder of Holland on the 15th of December 1997 and her first Commanding Officer was Commander D. Eleysiniotis HN. She arrived in Salamis Naval Base on the 6th April 1998. From July 2004 to March 2006 she has undergone an extensive overhaul in the context of mid-life modernization in the Hellenic Shipyards SA (Skaramangas, Greece).
The ship was constructed in Holland by the Royal Schelde Shipyard. She was laid down in 17th May 1978 and commissioned in the Royal Netherlands Navy on the 12th October 1979 under the name HNMLS KORTENAER.
She was transferred to the Hellenic Navy and commissioned as HS KOUNTOURIOTIS on the 15th of December 1997. H.S KOUNTOURIOTIS is the sixth frigate of the "S" class which has been transferred from the Royal Netherlands Navy to the Hellenic Navy after H.S ELLI, H.S LEMNOS, H.S AEGEON, H.S ADRIAS and H.S NAVARINON.
The ship's crest is a part of the revolutionary banner of the greek island of HYDRA during the liberational war of 1821 against the Otoman Empire which had dominated Greece for more than four centuries. In turn the banner symbolizes the prevalation of Greeks against the Otoman Empire, the wisdom and decisiveness it takes to gain one's freedom and the ships which should be always at sea until the liberation came. The decisiveness of Greeks to liberate and remain free is also symbolized in the national flag who's stripes are the sylables of the phrase in Greek "freedom or death". The ship is named after the Admiral P.KOUNTOURIOTIS HN ,who was born in the island of HYDRA , paying a tribute the to the man ,who as a Commander stationed aboard the cruiser "AVEROF" , led the Hellenic Fleet during the First Balkan war (1912-1913). During the two decisive sea battles of "ELLI", "LIMNOS" he decided to encounter the fleeing Ottoman fleet with only the ship he was aboard . The motto under the crest " I'm steaming impetuously" is actually part of the original signal sent to the general headquarters before the victorious battles. H.S KOUNTOURIOTIS and "S" class frigates in general have been constructed so as to operate in any weather conditions and against multiple threats so they are able to perform:
e.command and control support of operations
f. Helicopter, Maritime and Fighter Aircraft Control Operations for the success of the above missions the following sensors and weapons systems are utilized
DESTINED GLORY 2000
OPERATION "ENDOURING FREEDOM