La Combattante IIa-class fast attack craft

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Plotarhis Vlakavas P 74.jpg
HS Pezopoulos, P-73, in Phaleron Bay.
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
 Hellenic Navy
 Royal Malaysian Navy[1]
 Libyan Navy[citation needed]
 Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Succeeded by: La Combattante III class
Subclasses: Kaman/Sina class
Built: 1973–1974; 1977–present
In commission: 1973–
Building: 5
Completed: 20
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Type: Fast attack craft
Displacement: 234 tons (standard)
265 tons (full load)
Length: 47 m (154 ft)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft)
Draught: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Installed power: 4 × MTU MD 16V 538 TB90
12,000 hp (combined)
Propulsion: Four shafts
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph) (maximum)
Range: 570 nautical miles (1,060 km; 660 mi) at 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
1,600 nautical miles (3,000 km; 1,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 30 (4 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Thomson-CSF Triton; G-band
Thomson-CSF Castor; I/J-band
CSEE Panda optical director
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Thomson-CSF DR 2000S
Armament: 1 × Bofors 57 mm gun or
1 × OTO Melara 76 mm
1 × Bofors 40 mm/70
4 × Exocet SSM (2 × 2), or
4 × Harpoon SSM (2 × 2)
Minelaying capability

Fast Attack Craft Missile Class La Combattante IIa were originally built for the German Navy as Type 148 Tiger-class fast attack craft. They were later transferred to Hellenic Navy and the class was renamed Combattante IIa, as with similar French made ships. All the ships were under mid-life updates in 1980s. P-74 and P-75 were fitted with RGM-84 Harpoons and a new ESM was fitted after transfer.

A version called the "Beir Grassa" class of which 10 were built and 8 were operational as of 1995. They were used by the Libyan Navy.[2]

Iran received 12 ships of the same class (known in Iran as Kaman-class) between 1977 and 1981. The Iranian gunboat Paykan was sunk during Operation Morvarid in 1980, while the guided missile gunboat Joshan was sunk during Operation Praying Mantis in 1988. These ship must not be confused with the new Joshan and Paykan which were named in their memories. Iran built a heavily upgraded version of this class called the Sina-class. As of 2012 Iran has built 4 Sina-class vessels and is building 5 more of the same class.[3]

Ship list[edit]

Combattante IIa class[edit]

Pennant
number
Name Former name Commissioned
By Germany
Commissioned
by Greece
P 72 Ypoploiarchos Votsis ex-Iltis 8 January 1973 28 April 1995
P 73 Antiploiarchos Pezopoulos ex-Storch 17 July 1974 1 February 1994
P 74 Plotarchis Vlachavas ex-Marder 14 June 1973 16 February 1995
P 75 Plotarchis Maridakis ex-Häher 12 June 1974 28 April 1994
P 76 Ypoploiarchos Tournas ex-Leopard 21 August 1973 28 September 2000
P 77 Plotarchis Sakipis ex-Jaguar 21 August 1973 28 September 2000

Perdana class[edit]

Pennant
number
Name Commission Year Class
3501 KD Perdana 21 December 1972 Perdana
3502 KD Serang 31 January 1973 Perdana
3503 KD Ganas 28 february 1973 Perdana
3504 KD Ganyang 28 March 1973 Perdana

Kaman/Sina class[edit]

Pennant
number
Name Commission Year Class
P221 Kaman 1977 Kaman
P222 Xoubin 1977 Kaman
P223 Khadang 1978 Kaman
P224 Paykan 2003 Sina
P225 Joshan 2006 Sina
P226 Falakhon 1978 Kaman
P227 Shamshir 1978 Kaman
P228 Gorz 1978 Kaman
P229 Gardouneh 1978 Kaman
P230 Khanjar 1981 Kaman
P231 Neyzeh 1981 Kaman
P232 Tabarzin 1981 Kaman
P233 Derafsh 2008 Sina
P234 Kalat 2008 Sina
 ? Sina 5 Under Construction Sina
 ? Sina 6 Under Construction Sina
 ? Sina 7 Under Construction Sina
 ? Sina 8 Under Construction Sina
 ? Sina 9 Under Construction Sina

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.navy.mil.my/index.php/aset-tldm/fac/kd-perdana-3501
  2. ^ Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly (2013-06-25). "Libyan Navy joins international exercise - IHS Jane's 360". Janes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  3. ^ [1] in Farsi

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