Osprey 55-class gunboat

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20080702-Faliron P-19 HS Navmachos.jpg
Osprey 55 class gunboat P-19 HS Navmachos at Faliron Bay, Greece.
Class overview
Builders:
  • Hellenic Shipyards, Scarmanga (Greek ships)
  • Danyard A/S, Frederikshaven, Denmark
Operators:
Built: 1986–1990
Completed: 7
Active: 7 (as of 2018)
General characteristics Armatolos class (after re-arming)[1]
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 555 long tons (564 t) full load
Length: 54.8 m (179 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)
Draught: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2× MTU 16V 1163 TB63 diesels
  • 10,000 hp (7,500 kW)
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 25 kn (29 mph; 46 km/h)
Range:
  • 500 mi (430 nmi; 800 km) at 25 kn (29 mph; 46 km/h)
  • 2,800 mi (2,400 nmi; 4,500 km) at 12 kn (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Troops: 25
Complement: 36
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Thomson-CSF Triton Surface search radar
  • Selenia RTNX fire control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Thomson-CSF DR 2000S ESM
Armament:

The gunboat class Osprey 55 is a Danish-designed class of naval ship currently in service in the Hellenic Navy and Royal Moroccan Navy. Two ships were ordered by Greece in March 1988 and built by Hellenic Shipyards. The first one was laid down on 8 May 1989 and launched on 19 December 1989. The second ship was laid down on 9 November 1989 and launched on 16 May 1990. Armament is of modular design and therefore can be changed. 76-mm guns replaced the Bofors 40-mm in 1995, after being taken from decommissioned Gearing-class destroyers. Options on more of the class were shelved in favour of the slightly larger HSY-55 class.

4 other ships were ordered by the Royal Moroccan Navy all received between 1987 and 1990.[2] Built in Frederikshavn, Denmark, they were only armed with 1 Bofors 40 mm and 2 Oerlikon 20 mm cannon. El Lahiq is equipped with a cartographic sonar and North American navigation systems for Hydrographic researches.[3]

Incidents at sea[edit]

On May 4, 2018 a Turkish-flagged cargo ship named Karmate (IMO: 8135461, MMSI: 271002030)[4] collided with HS Armatolos P-18 off the coast of the island of Lesbos, while the gunboat was participating in a NATO mission (called Aegean Activity for controlling migrant flows into the Aegean) in the Aegean sea[5][6][7]. According to available information, before the collision the captain of the gunship sounded warning horns and sent repeated radio messages but there was no respond from the Turkish ship while the Turkish ship violated maritime safety rules (like giving priority to a military vessel). The damage to the Greek gunboat was very small according to the available information from the Greek minister of Defence.


Ships[edit]

Pennant
number
Name Navy Builder Launched Commissioned Status
Greece
P 18 Armatolos[8]  Hellenic Navy Hellenic Shipyards Co. 19 December 1989[1] 27 March 1990 In service (2018)[1]
P 19 Navmachos[9]  Hellenic Navy Hellenic Shipyards Co. 16 May 1990[1] 15 July 1990 In service (2018) [1]
Morocco
308 El Lahiq  Royal Moroccan Navy Danyard A/S Frederickhaven July 1987 11 November 1987 In service (2018)
309 El Tawfiq  Royal Moroccan Navy Danyard A/S Frederickhaven October 1987 31 January 1988 In service (2018)
316 El Hamiss  Royal Moroccan Navy Danyard A/S Frederickhaven April 1990 9 August 1990 In service (2018)
317 El Karib  Royal Moroccan Navy Danyard A/S Frederickhaven July 1990 23 September 1990 In service (2018)
Senegal
Without number Fouta  Senegal Navy Danyard A/S Frederickhaven March 1987 1 June 1987 In service (2018)

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Baker, A.D. (1998). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1998–1999. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-111-4.
  • Saunders, Stephen (2002). Jane's Fighting Ships 2002–2003. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0710624328.
  • Hellenic Navy website