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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

PHOTO GALLERY #26: Agios Efstratios offshore patrol vessel of the Hellenic Coast Guard

HCG080 (ΛΣ 080) Agios Efstratios Sa'ar 4 OPV
This is my first photo gallery about a Coast Guard patrol vessel. In this post, you will enjoy some good photos I took some days ago when I visited the HCG080 (ΛΣ 080) Agios Efstratios, the latest of the three 58-meter Sa'ar class offshore patrol vessels (Περιπολικό Ανοικτής Θαλάσσης, ΠΑΘ) that serve with the Hellenic Coast Guard (Λιμενικό Σώμα - Ελληνική Ακτοφυλακή). These patrol vessels are the the most heavily armed boats currently in the Hellenic Coast Guard inventory. The ships are based on the former Sa'ar 4 fast attack missile craft of the Israeli Navy. The contract for the procurement of the ships was signed on November 11, 2002. This was the first Israeli naval sale to a European Union country. The first two ships, Fournoi and Ro, were built in Israel by the Israel Shipyards Ltd and they were delivered in December 2003 and March 2004, respectively. The third vessel, Agios Efstratios, was built in Greece by the Hellenic Shipyards S.A and was delivered in June of 2004. I would really like to thank the crew for the excellent tour aboard this very well-maintained ship and of the major vessels of Greece's Coast Guard. Enjoy the photos!

HCG080 (ΛΣ 080) Agios Efstratios Sa'ar 4 OPV. Photo: Giwrgos Mertis
HCG080 (ΛΣ 080) Agios Efstratios Sa'ar 4 OPV. Photo: Andreas Michopoulos
The mast of the OPV
as seen from amidships
The two radars and the TopLite sensor
The two radars and the TopLite sensor







Between the two RHIBs that it carries

The large RHIB that is used for pursuits

The two RHIBs, the left smaller one is mainly for SAR duties

SAR RHIB and boat's crane
The mast of Agios Efstratios


The mast of Agios Efstratios

View from the deck over the stern


The stern of the ship

View of the large RHIB amidships

Mount for SATCOM radome
Various sensors atop the bridge
The NVTS electro-optical sensor




Front view of the mast

The single water cannon of the ship


The mast of the vessel with two Sperry Marine navigation radars and one TopLite electro-optical sensor. The  old TopLite model will be replaced this year by a variant of the very advanced TDR-10 sensor produced by the Greek company Miltech Hellas. More here. Details of the new sensor will follow soon!
View of the boat from atop the bridge
View of the bow deck from atop the bridge


The 30mm gun turret that equips the boat

Another boat of the class



The NVTS electro-optical sensor has been installed on four HCG patrol vessels
of the HCG, including Arkoi, from 2015, to assist the operations.
Another view of the rear section
The bridge of the boat


The bridge of the boat

The bridge of the boat and NVTS sensor


The 30mm gun turret

The 30mm gun turret

View from the bow of the ship. Two such gun turrets equip the Roussen class FACM
OTO Melara 30mm gun
Mini-Typhoon 12.7mm RWS covered


The boat equip also two Mini-Typhoon RWS

The Agios Efstratios OPV
The mast with BridgeMaster E radars
The 30mm gun turret on the bow deck


Each gun turret features a 30mm Mauser Mod F Mk30
dual-feed cannon, with160 rounds of ammunition being carried for ready use

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