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VASILEFS GEORGIOS I destroyers (1938-1939)

Vasilefs Georgios I 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Βασιλεύς Γεώργιος Α' <Vasilefs Georgios I>   Yarrow, Glasgow, UK 2/1937 3/3/1938 12/1938 scuttled 20/4/1941
Βασίλισσα Όλγα <Vasilissa Olga>   Yarrow, Glasgow, UK 2/1937 2/6/1938 2/1939 sunk 26/9/1943
  

Displacement standard, t

1350

Displacement full, t

1850

Length, m

95.1 pp 98.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.2

Draught, m

2.59 mean 3.43 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

34000

Max speed, kts

36

Fuel, t

oil 393

Endurance, nm(kts) 6000(15)

Armament

4 x 1 - 128/42 SK C/34, 4 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (17)

Complement

162

Ship project history: 29/1/1937 Greek Government given out to Yarrow the order on 2 destroyers under drawings of British H class, but with a number of differences. In particular, as main artillery German 127mm/45 SKC/34 guns were chosen, similar to installed on new German destroyers. Machinery completely repeated a prototype.

   Ships went out on trials without artillery (Germany refused to deliver it to the country of probable opponent, and guns were installed already in Greece), but with TTs. Vassilefs Georgios on trials 24/10/1938 reached 36.58kts at 1426t and 35109hp, and 33.9kts at deep load. Vassilissa Olga on 6hr trials 19/12/1938 has shown 36.09kts at 33683hp.
    Two more ships of this class (Vasilefs Konstantinos and Vasilissa Sophia) should be built by Greek shipbuilder at Skaramanga, but works were not advanced further a preparation phase and owing to WWII beginning their laying, planned for 1940, was cancelled.

Modernizations: (10/1941-1/1942, Calcutta DYd, India), Vasilissa Olga: - 1 x 1 - 128/42, 4 x 1 - 37/80, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 1 x 4 - 533 TT; + 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 6 DCT, 1 DCR

Naval service: Vassilefs Georgios 14/4/1941 was damaged by German aircraft; 20/4/1941 she was scuttled at Salamis in floating dock; she was raised by Germans and 21/3/1942 commissioned by Kriegsmarine as ZG3 Hermes; she was lost 8/5/1943. Vassilissa Olga 24/9/1943 was sunk by German  Ju 87 diving bombers at Leros island.
   

Vasilissa Olga

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