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HYDRA frigates (1992-1998)


Hydra 2005


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ύδρα [Hydra] F452   Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany 17.12.1990 25.6.1991 12.11.1992 in service (2019)
Σπέτσαι [Spetsai] F453   Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga 11.8.1992 9.12.1993 24.10.1996 in service (2019)
Ψαρά [Psara] F454   Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga 9.12.1993 20.12.1994 30.4.1998 in service (2019)
Σαλαμίς [Salamis] F455   Hellenic Shipyards, Skaramanga 20.12.1994 15.5.1997 16.12.1998 in service (2019)

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

109.5 pp 117.5 oa

Breadth, m

13.8 wl 14.8 oa

Draught, m

4.12 hull 6.00 over sonar

No of shafts



CODOG: 2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines / 2 MTU 20V956 TB82 diesels

Power, h. p.

60660 / 10400

Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

diesel / gas turbine oil 300

Endurance, nm(kts)4100(18)

2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84C), 2 x 8 Sea Sparrow SAM (VLS, 16 RIM-7M), 1 x 1 - 127/54 Mk 45, 2 x 6 - 20/76 Mk 15 Phalanx, 2 x 3 - 324 Mk 32 TT (Mk 46 Mod.5), 1 helicopter (S-70B-6 Seahawk)

Electronic equipment

Decca 2690BT, DA-08, MW-08, 2x STIR-1.8, 2x Mk 90 radars, SAR-8 e/o system, DE1160 (SQS-56), DE1164 sonars, APECS-II, AR-700, Telegon-10 ECM suites, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, STACOS Mod. 2 CCS


173 + 16 staff

Standard scale images

<i>Hydra</i> 2000
Hydra 2000


<i>Hydra </i>2005
Hydra 2005

Project history

In the mid-1980s plans were discussed for the purchase of a frigate design, to be built in Greece with foreign assistance. Among those considered were the Italian Lupo class and a modernised version of the British Leander class, but on 18 April 1988 it was announced that the German MEKO 200 class had been chosen, the first unit to be built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg and the remaining three in Greece. Similar ships have been purchased by Portugal and Turkey. The ships are fitted with US-built weapons and some electronics, and have Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk helicopters. The first, German-built, ship Hydra, was completed in 1992 but did not formally commissioned until 30 April 1993, following a serious fire aboard her in January 1993 at Portland while she was on trials. The construction of the three Greek-built units was greatly delayed by much the same sort of financial difficulties as affected the proposed Kortenaer construction programme in the 1980s. In an attempt to speed up progress, sections of Spetsai were prefabricated in Germany and she was reportedly launched towards the end of 1993. Once again, Greek attempts to build warships in her own yards have been plagued with difficulties.



Naval service

No significant events.