Elli-class frigate

The Elli-class frigates[1] are a series of frigates operated by the Hellenic Navy. The ships are of Dutch origin and are also known as Kortenaer-class or Standard-class or S-class frigates. The first two ships (Elli and Limnos), which have lengthened hangars and different armament were built specifically for the Hellenic Navy. The remaining ships are ex-Royal Netherlands Navy S-frigates of the Kortenaer class transferred to the Hellenic Navy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Those ships constitute the backbone of the Greek Navy. Elli, for which the class is named, is itself named after two famous Greek cruisers, one of which was sunk during World War II.

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HS Kanaris (ex- HNLMS Jan Van Brakel)
Class overview
Operators:  Hellenic Navy
Completed: 10
Active: 9
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
  • 3,500 tons standard
  • 3,800 tons max
Length: 130 m (430 ft)
Beam: 14.5 m (48 ft)
Draft: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
  • 20 knots (37 km/h) cruising
  • 30 knots (56 km/h) maximum
Range: 4,700 nmi (8,700 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 176-196
Aircraft carried: 2 helicopters (AB-212)

Mid-life modernization projectEdit

There was a mid life modernization programme for six of the ten Greek ships which started in 2004 and was completed in 2009. The program was performed at Hellenic Shipyards and the upgraded frigates were the following: Kountouriotis (F-462) , Adrias (F-459), Navarinon (F-461), Limnos (F-451), Elli (F-450), and Aegaeon (F-460).

The main modernization work included the following:

  • Replacement of the combat management system with the Thales TACTICOS
  • Installation of new sensors, like the Thales Mirador electro-optical target tracker
  • Installation of Thales Scout MkII LPI navigation radar
  • Overhaul and improvement of radars (MW25 and LW08 long range air-search radar)
  • Installation of EDO (now part of Harris Corporation) CS-3701 ESM system[2]
  • Replacement of navigation systems and upgrade of communications systems
  • Replacement of propulsion control system and of defined platform systems.

Bouboulina (F-463) was decommissioned on 18 February 2013. It will be used as a source for spare parts.

Incidents at seaEdit

On 2 November 2017 Kanaris ran aground near the islet Atalanti, southwest of Psyttaleia in the Saronic Gulf, on the way back to the Salamis Naval Base.[3] There were no personnel injuries and no fuel leak but there were serious hull damages which according to news reports affected the SONAR shell. After 8 months of absence for repairs the ship was again operational in July 2018 using the SONAR and dome from decommissioned Bouboulina (F-463)[4].


Ship Namesake Commissioning date into the Royal Netherlands Navy Commissioning into the Hellenic Navy Status
Aigaion (F-460) Φ/Γ Αιγαίον Aegean Sea 29 October 1980 1993 In service (2018)
Adrias (F-459) Φ/Γ Αδρίας Adriatic Sea 26 July 1979 1993 In service (2018)
Bouboulina (F-463) Φ/Γ Μπουμπουλίνα Laskarina Bouboulina 14 December 2001 Decommissioned (18 February 2013)
Elli (F-450) Φ/Γ Έλλη Naval Battle of Elli 10 October 1981 1981 In service (2018)
Kanaris (F-464) Φ/Γ Κανάρης Constantine Kanaris 14 April 1983 29 November 2002 In service (2018)
Kountouriotis (F-462) Φ/Γ Κουντουριώτης Pavlos Kountouriotis 26 October 1978 1997 In service (2018)
Limnos (F-451) Φ/Γ Λήμνος Naval Battle of Lemnos 18 September 1982 1982 In service (2018)
Navarinon (F-461) Φ/Γ Ναυαρίνον Battle of Navarino 24 April 1980 1995 In service (2018)
Nikiforos Fokas (F-466) Φ/Γ Νικηφόρος Φωκάς Nikephoros II 25 November 1982 2003 In service (2018)
Themistoklis (F-465) Φ/Γ Θεμιστοκλής - Themistocles 2 December 1981 2002 In service (2018)

In popular cultureEdit

Three Elli-class frigates stood in for Hydra-class frigates in the TNT series The Last Ship.[6]



  1. ^ Elli class frigates of the Hellenic Navy, detailed presentation in navalanalyses.com (29/03/2015)
  2. ^ EDO Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply six CS-3701 Electronic Support Measures systems for use on S-class frigates under the Hellenic navy’s mid-life modernization program, EDO Corp., issued Nov. 19, 2003
  3. ^ Frigate ‘Kanaris’ stuck in shallow waters, article in Greek Observer (02/11/2017)
  4. ^ Kanaris operational again, article in Greek Newspaper "Proto Thema" (05/07/2018) (in Greek)
  5. ^ Standard Class Frigates, hellenic Navy official website
  6. ^ "The Last Ship" Detect, Deceive, Destroy (TV Episode 2017), retrieved 2018-02-23

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