Greek destroyer Aspis
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Aspis' sister ship, Velos
|Commissioned:||3 April 1907|
|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)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) maximum|
The destroyer Aspis (Greek: Τ/Β Ασπίς, "shield") served in the Hellenic Royal Navy in 1907-1945.
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.
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.