Hellenic Navy Takes Delivery Of Newest Fast Attack Craft

Elef­sis, Greece: The Hel­lenic Navy has tak­en deliv­ery of its fourth BAE Sys­tems designed Fast Attack Craft at a cer­e­mo­ny at Elef­sis Ship­yard near Athens.

HS Grig­oropou­los is the lat­est ves­sel in a class of sev­en 62 metre Fast Attack Craft being built by BAE Sys­tems’ indus­try part­ner, Elef­sis Ship­yards, for the Hel­lenic Navy. Under a long-term tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer pro­gramme, BAE Sys­tems is the design author­i­ty and major sub­con­trac­tor to Elef­sis Ship­yards, respon­si­ble for the design and com­bat sys­tems inte­gra­tion of the ves­sels. The com­pa­ny also pro­vides on-site engi­neer­ing sup­port to Elef­sis Ship­yards and has invest­ed in state of the art man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties at its ship­yard to boost indus­tri­al capa­bil­i­ty in Greece.

Alan John­ston, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at BAE Sys­tems’ Sur­face Ships divi­sion, said: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment in the pro­gramme, which reflects the hard work, com­mit­ment and fan­tas­tic part­ner­ship between BAE Sys­tems and Elef­sis Ship­yards to deliv­er these high­ly capa­ble ships to the Hel­lenic Navy.

“This approach to part­ner­ships shows the strength that BAE Sys­tems can bring to navies and indus­tri­al part­ners around the world as they look for cost-effec­tive solu­tions to boost their capa­bil­i­ties to meet future naval require­ments.”

HS Grig­oropou­los has exceed­ed all of its spec­i­fied per­for­mance cri­te­ria in a series of plat­form and weapons tri­als lead­ing to accep­tance by the Hel­lenic Navy.

The 62 metre Fast Attack Craft is designed as a high speed, mul­ti-role plat­form that can oper­ate in both anti-air and sur­face com­bat sit­u­a­tions. Used by the Hel­lenic Navy as a high speed inter­cep­tion and off­shore patrol craft, its exten­sive weapon fit on a com­pact hull deliv­ers an eco­nom­ic solu­tion to sur­veil­lance, intel­li­gence gath­er­ing, patrol, inter­dic­tion and engage­ment of ene­my forces.

In addi­tion to BAE Sys­tems’ engi­neers work­ing along­side Elef­sis Ship­yards in Greece, the company’s project and engi­neer­ing teams, based at its Portsmouth site in the UK, have pro­vid­ed valu­able sup­port to the pro­gramme since its incep­tion in 2000, which have con­tributed to the suc­cess­ful deliv­ery of the ships.

About BAE Sys­tems
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