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Elli-class frigate
Kountouriotis ex HNLMS Kortenear.
Class overview
Operators:  Hellenic Navy
Completed: 10
Active: 9
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Displacement: 3500 tons standard (3,800 tons max)
Length: 130 m (427 ft)
Beam: 14.5 m (47 ft)
Draft: 4.4 m (14 ft 3 in)

combined gas or gas (COGOG) system

  • 2 Rolls Royce Tyne RM1C gas turbines, 4,900 shp (3,700 kW) each
  • 2 Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 25,700 shp (19,200 kW) each (boost)
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h) cruising
30 knots (56 km/h) maximum
Range: 4,700 nmi (8,700 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 176-196

Elli class S-frigate (Elli, Limnos):

ex-Dutch S-frigates in Greek service:

Aircraft carried: 2 helicopters (AB-212)

Elli-class vessels are a group of frigates operated by the Hellenic Navy. The ships are of Dutch origin. The first two ships (the Elli and the Limnos), which had lengthened hangars and different armament were built specifically for the Hellenic Navy. The remaining ships are ex-Royal Netherlands Navy S-frigates of the Kortenaer-class transferred to the Hellenic Navy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Elli (F-450), for which the class is named, is itself named after two famous Greek cruisers, one of which was sunk during World War II.

There is a midlife modernization programme for six of the ten Greek ships.The program is in progress at HSY and will be completed in 2009. The Kountouriotis (F-462) and the Adrias (F-459) have been modernized. The other four ships are the Navarinon (F-461), the Limnos (F-451), the Elli (F-450), and the Aegaeon (F-460). The main modernization works to be performed are the following:

  • Replacement of the combat management system and installation of new sensors
  • Overhaul and improvement of radars
  • Replacement of navigation systems and upgrade of communications systems
  • Replacement of propulsion control system and of defined platform systems.

Bouboulina (F-463) was decommissioned on 18 February 2013. It will be used as a source for spare parts.


Ship Namesake Commissioning date Decommissioning date
Aigaion (F-460) Φ/Γ Αιγαίον Aegean Sea 1993 (in service)
Adrias (F-459) Φ/Γ Αδρίας Adriatic Sea 1993 (in service)
Bouboulina (F-463) Φ/Γ Μπουμπουλίνα Laskarina Bouboulina 14 December 2001 18 February 2013
Elli (F-450) Φ/Γ Έλλη Naval Battle of Elli 1981 (in service)
Kanaris (F-464) Φ/Γ Κανάρης Constantine Kanaris 29 November 2002 (in service)
Kountouriotis (F-462) Φ/Γ Κουντουριώτης Pavlos Kountouriotis 1997 (in service)
Limnos (F-451) Φ/Γ Λήμνος Naval Battle of Lemnos 1982 (in service)
Navarinon (F-461) Φ/Γ Ναυαρίνον Battle of Navarino 1995 (in service)
Nikiforos Fokas (F-466) Φ/Γ Νικηφόρος Φωκάς Nikephoros II 2003 (in service)
Themistoklis (F-465) Φ/Γ Θεμιστοκλής - Themistocles 2002 (inactive)


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