Greek frigate Psara

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Psara (F-454) (Φ/Γ Ψαρά (F-454)
Namesake: the Psara Island
Builder: Hellenic Shipyards Co.
Launched: December 20, 1994
Commissioned: 1998
Fate: in active service
Notes: Official Hellenic Navy page
General characteristics
Class and type: Hydra-class frigate
Displacement: 3,350 tons
Length: 117 m (383.9 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (48.6 ft)
Draft: 6 m (19.7 ft)
Speed: 31 knots (57 km/h) maximum
Range: 4,100 nmi (7,600 km; 4,700 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h) (diesels)
Complement: 173
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Signaal MW08 air search radar
  • Signaal DA08 air surface radar
  • 2 Signaal STIR fire control radar
  • Racal Decca 2690 BT navigation radar
  • Raytheon SQS-56/DE 1160 hull-mounted and VDS sonar
  • SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
  • Mk XII Mod 4 IFF radar
  • 2 Signaal Mk 73 Mod 1 radar for ESSM
  • Signaal STACOS Mod 2 combat data system
  • SAR-8 IR searcher
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Argo AR 700 ESM system
  • Telegon 10 ESM system
  • Argo APECS II ECM system
  • 4 SCLAR decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: 1
Aviation facilities: Hangar for 1 Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopter

The Greek frigate Psara (F-454) (Greek: Φ/Γ Ψαρά) is the third ship of the Greek Hydra-class frigates. It is based on the Blohm + Voss MEKO 200 frigate class and was built by Hellenic Shipyards Co. at Skaramangas as part of the programme. She has participated in various NATO and international operations such as Sharp Guard, Decisive Enhancement, Operation Enduring Freedom, EU Operation Atalanta.

On 29 March 2009, as flagship of EU NAVFOR Atalanta, Psara was involved in the capture of Somalian pirates fleeing from an unsuccessful hijack attempt on the German tanker Spessart, along with HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, the Spanish frigate Victoria and USS Boxer.[1]


  1. ^ "Hellenic Navy Press release". Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2009-04-13.

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