Greek frigate Limnos

Limnos (F451) is an Elli-class frigate of the Hellenic Navy, and the third Greek warship to bear the name. The class is based on the Royal Netherlands Navy's Kortenaer class and was built in a Dutch shipyard; however, unlike later members of her class in the Hellenic Navy, she was not originally in Dutch service, but was sold directly to Greece.

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Name: Limnos
Namesake: Lemnos island and the Battle of Lemnos (1913)
Builder: Royal Schelde, Vlissingen
Laid down: 13 June 1978
Launched: 27 October 1979
Commissioned: 18 September 1982
Status: in active service
Notes: Official Hellenic Navy page
General characteristics
Class and type: Elli-class frigate
Displacement: 3,500 tons (3,800 t max)
Length: 130 m (430 ft)
Beam: 14.6 m (48 ft)
Draft: 65 m (213 ft)
  • 30-knot (56 km/h) maximum
  • 20-knot (37 km/h) cruise
Complement: 196
Crew: 176-196
Aircraft carried: 2 AB 212 ASW helicopter or 1 Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk

Limnos was constructed in Vlissingen, Netherlands, along with her sister ship Elli. The contract for her construction was signed in Athens in July 1981 and her commissioning took place on 18 September 1982. After commissioning, Limnos joined the Hellenic Fleet on 5 November 1982 and since then she has actively participated in its activities.[1]


The Limnos took part in several operations including Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and 1991. She was part of the security arrangements for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as part of Operation Ifitos, and with Operation Ocean Shield, the NATO contribution to the anti-piracy initiative, in 2009.[1] In 2011 she deployed with Operation Unified Protector, the NATO operation to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the Libyan Civil War, and with Operation Active Endeavour, an anti-terrorism mission in the Mediterranean.[1]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms of the ship is a copy of the battleship Lemnos's coat of arms. It depicts the lyra of the ancient poet and kitharode Arion and dolphins in waves.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "HS Limnos". Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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