Greek destroyer Aspis

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Velos ship.jpg
Aspis' sister ship, Velos
Name: Aspis
Ordered: 1905
Laid down: 1905
Commissioned: 3 April 1907
Decommissioned: 1945
Fate: Broken up
General characteristics
Class and type: Niki-class destroyer
Displacement: 350 long tons (360 t) standard
Length: 67 m (220 ft)
Beam: 6.1 m (20 ft)
Draft: 2.7 m (8.9 ft)
Installed power: 6,800 hp (5,100 kW)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) maximum
  • 2 × 3-inch (76 mm) 12-pounder Hotchkiss
  • 4 × 57 mm 6-pounder/40cal Hotchkiss QF
  • 2 × 18-inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes

The destroyer Aspis (Greek: Τ/Β Ασπίς, "shield") served in the Hellenic Royal Navy in 1907-1945.

The ship, along with her three sister ships of Niki-class destroyers, was ordered from Germany in 1905 and was built in the Vulcan shipyard at Stettin.[1]

During World War I, Greece did not enter the war on the side of the Triple Entente until 1917 and, due to Greece's neutrality the four Niki-class ships had been seized by the Allies in October 1916, taken over by the French in November and served in the French Navy from 1917 to 1918. By 1918, they were back on escort duty under Greek colors, mainly in the Aegean Sea.

Aspis saw action in the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) in the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea.

After the war, Aspis was refurbished from 1925 to 1927. She also participated in the Second World War, first carrying supplies in the Ionian Sea and after surviving the German invasion of April 1941, Aspis served in conjunction with the Royal Navy based in Alexandria, Egypt. After the end of World War II, Aspis was stricken in 1945.

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  1. ^ "Hellenic Navy official website". Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010.