HELLENIC NAVY COMMISSIONED TWO NEW TYPE 214HN SUBMARINES

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The Hellenic Navy commissioned two more new PAPANIKOLIS-class (Type 214HN) submarines increasing its fleet to 11 old, modernized and newly built units.

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The two new submarines, MATROZOS (S122) and KATSONIS (S123) were commissioned today on the 23rd of June during a ceremony attended by the President of the Hellenic Republic, the Minister of Defence and the Chief of the Hellenic Armed Forces, at the facilities of the Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramagkas.

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The new Type 214HN submarines, MATROZOS (S122) and KATSONIS (S123), as well as the PAPANIKOLIS (S-120) and PIPINOS (S-121) were designed and developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft.

The first submarine of the class, PAPANIKOLIS (S-120), was built in Germany, while the other three, PIPINOS (S-121) MATROZOS (S122) and KATSONIS (S123) were built in Greece under license by Hellenic Shipyards.

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The submarines are equipped with a fuel cell AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) system and sophisticated electronic and weapon systems.

Besides these submarines, the Hellenic Navy recently commissioned OCEANOS (S-118) submarine, which is the only Type 209/1200 boat that is equipped with a fuel cell AIP system.

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The modernized OCEANOS-class submarine (the new type is called Type 209/1400AIP) is longer and has bigger displacement than the rest POSEIDON-class (Type 209/1200) submarines of the Hellenic Navy, because of the extra compartment that had to be added to the hull of the boat.

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This compartment includes the fuel cell AIP system, that gives to the OCEANOS (S-118) submarine longer range and more mission endurance when it is submerged.

The four PAPANIKOLIS-class (Type 214HN) and the OCEANOS-class (Type 209/1400AIP) submarines consist the spearhead of the submarine fleet of the Hellenic Navy, supported by the 3 old Glavkos class (Type 209/1100) and 3 Poseidon class (Type 209/1200) submarines.

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The future plans of the Hellenic Navy include the construction of two more Type 214HN the S 124 and the S 125 that will allow the removal from service of the 3 Glavkos-class (Type 209/1100) submarines.

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