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Sunday, 5 November 2017

PHOTO GALLERY #15: Psara, frigate of the Hellenic Navy

HS Psara, Hydra class frigate of the Hellenic Navy
The second warship that I visited on Friday, October 27 (see previous post here), which was opened to the public at Piraeus harbor due to the forthcoming celebration of Ohi Day (anniversary of the "No"), was a Hydra class frigate, the HS Psara. Frigate Psara was commissioned in December of 1998 and she is the third vessel in the class. The four vessels of the Hydra class (MEKO 200HN) frigates are the most powerful surface combatants in the Hellenic Navy today and the only ones equipped with a 5in gun as well as with a vertical launching system for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM). A complete article about the class will follow in the near future. Meanwhile, enjoy more than 50 photos from my visit! I would like to thank the crew for the guided tour in the ship's various compartments but especially a big thank to a young Petty Officer on the bridge who was a real expert on reporting the systems onboard, showing that he really loves his job!

HS Psara, frigate of the Hellenic Navy. Photo: D-Mitch

Bow view of HS Psara

The forward Phalanx and the bridge
The foremast with MW08 radar


The Mk45 5-inch gun of Psara

The forward Phalanx and the bridge
Phalanx CIWS

Bridge and MG3 machine gun mount
Another mount for 0.30in machine gun
MG3 mount
The pennant number of the ship
Mk141 Harpoon launchers amidships
Foremast and Harpoon

The port Harpoon launcher amidships of HS Psara
Harris APECS II ECM system and Harpoon launcher

Mk32 triple torpedo launcher
Mk32 triple torpedo launcher
The helicopter hangar
View of the hangar and the VLS atop







The DE 1160 VDS covered






The foremast


Sonar and mount for MG3
View of the stern


The aft Phalanx CIWS and behind it the VLS for 16 ESSM

Stern of Psara

View of Psara's stern

















Hangar's door for one S-70 helicopter
Forward Phalanx

















Bridge and Mk36 SRBOC decoy launchers
Loading instructions for Mk46 torpedoes
The flight deck of Psara








The hangar of the frigate
Phalanx and DA08 radar








Bridgemaster and forward STIR FCS
View from the foredeck
Mk45 gun turret
Mk45 gun mount
Foremast
The bridge with a Phalanx at the front of it



The Mk45 Mod 2A five-inch gun of frigate Psara
Details of Mk45 gun
Details of the turret
















STIR, Decca and MW08 radars
Two of the four decoy launchers
STIR fire control system
Thales TDS
Mk45 gun turret and Phalanx CIWS
Phalanx CIWS



The expert and TDS!
APECS II ECM system
APECS II ECM
Thales DA08 radar












 
Quadruple Harpoon launcher with all canisters loaded

Thales DA08 radar
Matrozos, as seen from Psara
Bridgemaster navigation radar
Details of the mast with Argo AR 700 ESM below the MW08




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