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KRITI escort destroyers (1941-1942/1943-1946)

Kriti 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Θεμιστοκλής <Themistokles> (ex-Bramham) L51 A. Stephens, Linthouse, UK 4/1941 29/1/1942 6/1942 // 3/1943 to United Kingdom 12/1959, BU
Άστιγξ <Astings> (ex-Cowdray)   Scotts, Greenock, UK 4/1940 22/7/1941 7/1942 // 3/1944 to United Kingdom 6/1944 (Cowdray)
Κρήτη <Kriti> (ex-Hursley) L84 Swan Hunter, Wallsend, UK 12/1940 25/7/1941 4/1942 // 12/1943 to United Kingdom 12/1959, BU
Αιγαίον <Aigaion> (ex-Lauderdale)   Thornycroft, Woolston, UK 12/1939 5/8/1941 12/1941 // 5/1946 to United Kingdom 12/1959, BU

 

Displacement standard, t

1050

Displacement full, t

1625

Length, m

80.5 pp 85.3 oa

Breadth, m

9.60

Draught, m

3.78 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

19000

Max speed, kn

27

Fuel, t

Kriti, Aigaion: oil 265

Themistoklis, Astings: oil 328

Endurance, nm(kts)

2100(20)

Armament

3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (30 - 60)

Astings: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (30 - 60)

Aigaion: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VI, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III/IV, 2 DCT, 3 DCR (30 - 60)

Sensors type 271, 285, 290 or 291 radars, type 123A, 127 sonars

Complement

168

Ship project history: British escort destroyers of Hunt class. Ships of 3rd series were transferred to Greece even before completion in 1942; Themistoklis and Kriti were transferred after service in RN. Aigaion and Hastings were planned for transfer in April, 1944, but owing to revolt on Greek ships event 30/4/1944, transfer of former taken place only 21/5/1946 and latter was returned soon to RN.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Themistokles 1953

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