Photos from the personal collection of Konstantinos Panitsidis
This is the fiveth of the seven, in total, “Roussen” type ships. It was constructed in the Elefsis yards, based on a proposal from the english Design Office “Vosper Thornycroft Ltd”.
The Missile boat RITSOS launched on 09 October 2006, and was incorporated in the power of the Navy on October 19, 2015.
The ship's name was given in honor of Second Mate N. Ritsos who was killed on November 16, 1912 participant as company commander of marines contingent of invasion to liberate South Chiou.
The escutcheon of the Missile boat RITSOS, illustrates a guided missile and a seagull which flies near the surface of the sea. The scene underlines the speed and firepower of this type of warships.
The GMD “RITSOS”, is a modern vessel designed for undertaking Naval Operations near the coast, with excellent capabilities for confronting aircrafts, surface ships and guided missiles.
Its main features are the quick reaction to threats, the vast firepower, the high speed operations, the increased capabilities of dealing with damages in battle and undertaking missions in environments of Radio-bio-chemical and electronic warfare.
Missile boat RITSOS (P-71) Type «SUPER VITA» © Konstantinos Panitsidis
It belongs to the Rapid Ships Management Fleet Headquarters and missions that may be assigned to, are:
Participation in maritime surveillance
Participation in air defense operations
Participation in Maritime Interdiction operations (MIO)
Support for amphibious units
Participation in search and rescue (SAR) operations
Addressing asymmetric threats
Subscribe to Coast Guard operations in entry deterrence of illegal immigrants
|Draft (max), m||2,74|
|Displacement (full), tons||668|
|Propulsion||4 x Diesel Engines MTU 16V595 TE, Power 5.875 hp per engine|
|Speed max, knot.||34,5|
|Range||2.250 n.mile speed 18 knot, 750 n. mile speed 34,5 knot.|
Sensors and processing systems
|MW-08 3D (TWS) Thales 3D G-band surveillance radar
Thales Mirador electro-optical target tracker
Thales Scout MkII low probability of intercept radar
Sperry Marine Bridgemaster-E navigation radar
Tacticos combat management system
Aeromaritime IFF Mk12
ICS 2000 integrated communications system
Electronic warfare & decoys
|DR 3000 ESM system
Argo AR 900 ESM system
1 SRBOC decoy launcher
|Armament|| RAMWS MK31 Mod1 21 K/B E-A,
WS EXOCET ITL 70A B 2/3 8(2x4) K/B EXOCET MM40
1 x 76/62 mm OTO MELARA SRGM 2 x 30mm OTO BREDA
(2 x 6) ALEX/SRBOC Mk36 Mod2