Roussen-class fast attack craft

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HS Roussen, P-67 in Piraeus during Saint Nicholas festival of 2009.
Class overview
Name: Roussen, Super Vita
Builders: Elefsis Shipyards
BAE Systems Surface Ships
Operators:  Hellenic Navy
Preceded by: La Combattante IIIb
In commission: 2005 - present day
Building: 2
Planned: 7
Completed: 5
Active: P67 Roussen
P68 Daniolos
P69 Krystallides
P70 Grigoropoulos
P71 Ritsos
General characteristics
Type: FACM
Displacement: 580 tons
Length: 62 m
Beam: 9.5 m
Draught: 2.6 m
Propulsion: 4 × MTU 16V595 TE90 diesel engines 23,500 hp
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Complement: 45
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Thales MW08 3D G-band surveillance radar
  • Thales Mirador electro-optical target tracker
  • Thales Scout MkII low probability of intercept radar
  • Sperry Marine Bridgemaster-E navigation radar
  • Tacticos combat management system
  • Aeromaritime IFF Mk12
  • ICS 2000 integrated communications system
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
  • DR 3000 ESM system
  • Argo AR 900 ESM system
  • 1 SRBOC decoy launcher
Armament: 1 x OTO Melara 76 mm/62 cal.
8 MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles
Mk31 21-cell launcher of RAM Block 1 surface-to-air missiles
2 x Oto Melara 30mm cannons

The Roussen class is a 7-strong class of British-designed Fast attack craft for the Hellenic Navy. The class is named after its lead ship, which in turn is named after Lt Nikolaos Roussen, a World War II submarines officer who was killed in the suppression of the Navy mutiny in April 1944.

History[edit]

The modernization program of the Hellenic Navy in the late '90s included the construction of three modern missile boats and was signed on January, 2000. The construction took place at the Elefsis Shipyards, while Vosper Thornycroft (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) provide the necessary design, logistical support and equipment for the ships. On August, 2003 and September, 2008 options that provided the acquisition of four more vessels were activated with the last ship to be commissioned in 2013.

Design[edit]

The plans of the Roussen Class missile boats are based on smaller Vita class boats serving in the navies of Qatar, as well as similar size vessels built for Oman and other countries. The hull is made of steel and the superstructure is made of aluminum, while the company Vosper Thornycroft (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) provides the electricity transmission system, the management board, electrical equipment and systems countermeasures.

Weapons and electronics[edit]

The main armament of the ships are eight Exocet MM40 Block II/III anti-ship missiles with a range of 180 km. They are complemented by an Otobreda 76 mm naval gun in the bow and two smaller 30mm cannons as secondary weapons. located on the ships' superstructure. The vessel's primary anti-air and anti-missile weapon is the RIM-116 RAM missile system which comprises an onboard Mk-49 launcher with 21 projectiles, as well as the DR3000 and AR900 electronic support measures systems and the SRBOC decoy launcher.

The sensor suite responsible for the timely identification and homing of surface and air targets includes the MW08 3D G-band surveillance radar, the Mirador electro-optical target tracker and the Scout MkII low probability of intercept radar which is being controlled by the TACTICOS combat management system.

Ships[edit]

Ship Namesake Builder Commissioned Status
P67 Roussen Ρουσσέν Lt Nikolaos Roussen Elefsis Shipyards November 12, 2002 In service 2008
P68 Daniolos Δανίολος Lt Antonios Daniolos Elefsis Shipyards July 8, 2003 In service 2008
P69 Krystallides Κρυσταλλίδης Lt Vyron Krystallides Elefsis Shipyards April 5, 2004 In service 2008
P70 Grigoropoulos Γρηγορόπουλος Lt Mixail Grigoropoulos Elefsis Shipyards December 20, 2005 In service 2010
P71 Ritsos Ρίτσος Lt Nikolaos Ritsos Elefsis Shipyards October 9, 2006 Undergoes SAT
P72 Karathanasis Καραθανάσης Elefsis Shipyards TBD Under construction
P73 Vlahakos Βλαχάκος Elefsis Shipyards TBD Under construction

Similar ships[edit]

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