Frigate Hydra (F-452)

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Classification

Type:
type: Frigate

Basic information

Namesake:
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf.
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Blohm + Voss
Operator:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:

Ship measurements

Displacement:
4000 t
Length:
117.5 m
Beam:
14.8 m
Draught:
6 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • CODOG
  • 2 * General Electric LM2500 gas turbines 60,656 hp
  • 2 * MTU 20V 956 diesel engines 10,040 hp
  • 2 * controllable pitch propellers
Speed:
31 knots
Range:
4,100 nmi (7,600 km; 4,700 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph) (diesels)

Crew

Complement:
173

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Signaal MW08 air search radar
  • Signaal DA08 air surface radar
  • 2 * Signaal STIR fire control radar
  • Racal Decca 2690 BT navigation radar
  • Mk XII Mod 4 IFF radar
  • 2 * Signaal Mk 73 Mod 1 radar for ESSM
  • Raytheon SQS-56/DE 1160 hull-mounted and VDS sonar
  • Signaal STACOS Mod 2 combat data system
  • SAR-8 IR searcher
  • Argo AR 700 ESM system
  • Telegon 10 ESM system
  • Argo APECS II ECM system
  • 4 * SCLAR decoy launchers
  • SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
Armament:
  • 2 * 4 Mk141 Harpoon missile launchers
  • Mk 48 Mod 2 vertical launcher for 16 * RIM-162 ESSM
  • 1 * Mk 45 Mod 2A 5" gun
  • 2 * Mk15 Phalanx 20 mm CIWS
  • 2 * 3 324mm Mk32 Mod 5 torpedo tubes for Mk46 torpedoes
Aircraft:
  • Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopter
  • Helipad
  • Hangar

Hydra (F-452) is the lead ship of the Greek Hydra-class frigate and flagship of the Hellenic Navy. The ship was built in the same shipyard as the Blohm + Voss MEKO 200 frigate class, on which its design was based. Three more vessels were built by Hellenic Shipyards Co. at Skaramagas in following years. It is the fifth ship in the Hellenic Navy to bear the name Hydra.

Hydra was the first of four frigates of the MEKO 200 type (the four being Hydra, Spetsai, Psara, and Salamis) ordered by the Greek government. The ship was delivered to the Hellenic Navy on 15 October 1992 and first sailed in Greek waters on 28 January 1993. The crest of the frigate Hydra is the same as that of her predecessor. It is based on one of the flags which the ships of Hydra sailed under during the 1821 revolution.

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