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Friday, 16 November 2018

PHOTO GALLERY #25: Chios and Lesvos, tank landing ships of the Hellenic Navy

Chios and Lesvos, tank landing ships of the Hellenic Navy
On Saturday, October 27, I visited the HS Chios (L173), tank landing ship of the Hellenic Navy, which was anchored at the Port of Thessaloniki, alongside one of her sister vessels in the class, HS Lesvos (L176). I did not visit Lesvos, because it is identical to Chios except some very few differences, but I took plenty photos of her while I was aboard Chios. The Jason class Landing Ships Tank (LST) of the Hellenic Navy (Greek: Πολεμικό Ναυτικό) consists of five (5) ship in service. Lot of information about the class you can find in the article Jason class landing ships of the Hellenic Navy. The two  ships, together with the frigate HS Hydra (F-452), lead ship of the Hydra-class frigates (MEKO 200HN), were opened to the public at Thessaloniki harbor due to the forthcoming celebration of Ohi Day (anniversary of the "No") to commemorate the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Mussolini on October 28, 1940 during WWII. Enjoy my photos!

Jason class tank landing ships at the at the Port of Thessaloniki
Jason class landing ships at the at the Port of Thessaloniki
Chios and Lesvos
Chios and Lesvos
The ships with the bow ramps open

The ships with the bow ramps open

The ships with the bow ramps open

The bow ramp of Chios

Details of the bow ramp and the bow doors of Chios

The main (tank) deck of Chios
The bow ramp
The main (tank) deck of Chios

The ramp that conencts the two decks
The ramp that conencts the two decks
The bridges of the two LSTs
The bridges of the two LSTs
The bow ramp

Each LST carries one RHIB
Each LST carries one RHIB
The main weapon system of the ships, OTO Melara 3in (76.2mm)
OTO Melara 3in (76.2mm) gun
OTO Melara 3in (76.2mm) gun
OTO Melara 3in (76.2mm) gun
OTO Melara 3in (76.2mm) gun
3in (76.2mm) gun
Lesvos LST alongside Chios
Lesvos with all of its LCVP on board
The mast of Chios

The crane for launching LCVP
Another view of the main gun
The one of the two decoy launchers
Another view of the two LSTs

Mount for Stinger MANPADS

Mount and armor plate for machine gun
LCVP36
LCVP36
Davit for LCVP36

View of the upper deck
Port-side davit for LCVP36
Davit for LCVP36
The port-side Bofors 40mm gun

The starboard Bofors 40mm gun
The port-side water cannon
View of Lesvos
The heli-decks of the two vessels

Note the different 40mm gun turrets
Another view of Chios's mast
The stern ramp of Lesvos

The helicopter deck of Chios

Close-up photo of the helicopter deck of Chios

Bofors 40mm/L70 gun turret
Bofors 40mm/L70 gun turret

Bofors 40mm/L70 gun turret

One of the two water cannons
HS Lesvos was carrying two more modern LCVP36F and two old LCVP36.
The starboard davit
The bridge of Lesvos
LCVP36F
LCVP36F
LCVP36 on the upper deck
Rh202 20mm gun and Pollux FCS
Navigation radar and searchlight
The bridge of Lesvos
Atop the bridge of Chios

View of the crane and the upper deck
The upper deck of HS Chios
Rh202 20mm gun

Rh202 20mm gun
Pollux FCS and mast of Lesvos

Lesvos's bridge. Note the Furuno radar and the 20mm gun

Panda optical fire  control director
Enclosed 40mm gun turret of Lesvos
The two different gun turrets

Enclosed 40mm gun turret of Lesvos

Close-up photo of a water-cannon

The flight deck of Chios

The flight deck of Lesvos
One of the two mounts for Stinger MANPADS
The water-cannons of HS Lesvos

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