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Hydra (F-452) (Greek Φ/Γ Ύδρα) 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.[1] It is the fifth ship in the Hellenic Navy to bear the name Hydra.

The Hydra at Piraeus
Hydra (F-452) (Φ/Γ Ύδρα (F-452)
Name: Hydra
Namesake: the Hydra Island
Builder: Blohm + Voss
Launched: 25 June 1991
Commissioned: 1992
Fate: in active service
Notes: Official Hellenic Navy page
General characteristics
Class and type: Hydra-class frigate
Displacement: 3,350 tons
Length: 117 m (384 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (49 ft)
Draught: 6 m (20 ft)
  • 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph) maximum
  • 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) cruise
Range: 4,100 nmi (7,600 km; 4,700 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph) (diesels)
Complement: 173
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Signaal MW08 air search radar
  • Signaal DA08 air surface radar
  • 2 Signaal STIR fire control radar
  • Racal Decca 2690 BT navigation radar
  • Raytheon SQS-56/DE 1160 hull-mounted and VDS sonar
  • SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
  • Mk XII Mod 4 IFF radar
  • 2 Signaal Mk 73 Mod 1 radar for ESSM
  • Signaal STACOS Mod 2 combat data system
  • SAR-8 IR searcher
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Argo AR 700 ESM system
  • Telegon 10 ESM system
  • Argo APECS II ECM system
  • 4 SCLAR decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: 1
Aviation facilities: Hangar for 1 Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopter

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.[2]

In April 1988, the Hellenic Navy proposed and approved the four frigates of the MEKO 200 type in an effort to modernize its fleet. After a lengthy negotiation process, the following contracts were signed to fulfill the program:

  • A contract with ΜΕΚΟ Consortium (MC), Blohm + Voss AG and Thyssen Rheinstahl Technik to build the frigate in Germany.
  • A second contract with MEKO Consortium to supply parts to Hellenic Shipyards to build the other three Hydra-class frigates in Scaramanga, Greece


  1. ^ Vice Admiral C. Paizis-Paradellis, HN (2002). Hellenic Warships 1829-2001 (3rd Edition). Athens, Greece: The Society for the study of Greek History. p. 78. ISBN 960-8172-14-4.
  2. ^ "HS HYDRA". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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