The inauguration ceremony of the Monument to the Nation’s Fallen was held at the “PAPAGOU” Camp on Wednesday November 29, 2023.
Shortly, those who visit the under-construction diving park in Apokoronas, Chania, will have the opportunity to tour a Hellenic Navy fast attack craft.
It is a decommissioned fast attack craft and specifically a German 141 Jaguar Klasse-type vessel, built in Germany. It has been decommissioned in Amfialis of the naval base of Salamis since 2004.
“Esperos” (P 50) was built in 1957 in Germany and 1976-77, along with six other crafts of the same type, was granted to Greece as part of the German military aid. The said craft joined the Greek fleet in March 1977 and its operational activity ended in December 2004 with its flag being raised and decommissioned.
The craft, 43 meters long and 8 meters wide, is made of steel with a wooden interior.
When in operational action, it had a crew of 33 and carried 2 BOFORS 40 mm anti-aircraft guns with automatic projectile feed, 4 torpedo tubes of 533 mm SST-4 remote-controlled torpedoes, or 8 mines instead of torpedoes.
In the previous days, the mayor of Apokoronas, Charalambos Koukianakis, and a group of experts, visited the decommissioned ship to launch the decontamination, transport, and mooring process of the “Esperos” in the diving park of Apokoronas.
The first place in a competition for sustainability was won by students from Heraklion, Crete, who built a submarine.
The PSIM mast was installed on the first Greek FDI frigate “KIMON”, as shown in a video published by the manufacturing company Naval Group.
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