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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

PHOTO GALLERY #17: Aboard the Hellenic Navy destroyer Sachtouris (D-214), in the STANAVFORMED, back in the '90s

Photos by Spyros P.

Sachtouris (D-214), Gearing-class FRAM I destroyer
The Sachtouris (D214) was a United States Navy Gearing-class FRAM I destroyer launched in 1945 as USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869), she was transferred to Greece in 1974 and renamed. She remained in active service until October 1992 and reportedly scrapped in Turkey in 2002. The following (scanned) photos were taken by Spyros P. who served aboard the destroyer; all photos were taken in 1992 (some time before she was decommissioned) when the Greek vessel was part of the NATO Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED or SNFM) (Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 - SNMG2) today) and its patrols and visits in the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean. A big thank to Spyros for sharing with us these unique photos. From my side, I tried to identify the ships illustrated and provide some descriptions. All the frigates and destroyers are mentioned, were part of the force that time. Enjoy!

The Dutch frigate Pieter Floritz sailing alongside the German destroyer Bayern
Hellenic Navy destroyer Tombazis (D-215), sister ship of Sachtouris
Photos: Spyros P.
View from the bridge
View from amidships to the stern
Destroyer Bayern
Tombazis (D-215)
Tombazis (D-215)










View from the former helipad
Refueling the ship










View from the bridge, the forward 5in twin gun turret is visible
The bridge
The bridge


Italian frigate Aliseo


View from the OTO Melara
Main mast
Amidships



The forward 5in gun turret

SPS-10 and SPS-40 radars

The FRAM I upgrades visible






















Spanish frigate Baleares and United States Navy frigate Boone (?)

The ASROC launcher of the ship
M2HB on Mk21 mount
The AN/ULQ-6 jammers
US Navy submarine and DDS
Funnel and mast
The French oiler Meuse refuels Sachtouris









STANAVFORMED
The Dutch frigate Pieter Floritz

The German Navy destroyer Bayern
The Spanish frigate Baleares
Royal Navy Glasgow destroyer


Royal Navy Glasgow destroyer
Royal Navy Glasgow destroyer






Italian frigate Aliseo
German destroyer Bayern


The Dutch frigate Pieter Floritz sailing alongside the German destroyer Bayern

Turkish frigate Turgutreis
Unknown French (?) vessel









Greek Pleias minesweeper
ASROC of Greek Adams DDG











The ships of the force at a port
Type 209 submarine and Italian Navy oiler

1 comment:

  1. True unique photos! A small contribution: on the HN Adams Destroyer photo, the DDG is the 3rd (!) ship on a parallel row. First by the dock, an unrecognisable smaller vessel, maybe a Panagopoulos fast patrol boat class, concerning the low and flat deck. Second on the row, a Patapsko class HN oil replenishment ship , either Ariadni or Arethusa.

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