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.
|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|
|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)|
|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.
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. 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.