Following “ATLAS I”, the first General Support ship donated by the Panos Laskaridis family, President of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, to the Hellenic Navy in December 2019, a new donation of an even newer, larger and more powerful ship is now uderway. The new ship, named “VICTOR”, is 85 meters long and has a displacement of 4,500 tons, built in 2002. She is larger than “ATLAS I” and is expected to join the fleet on 6 July 2020, renamed as “HERCULES”.
The new ship features 2 propulsion engines of 9,600 horsepower, 2 axial generators, 4 transverse propellers (2 fore and 2 aft), in addition to the 2 main propellers.
In addition she boasts DP2 capability, which means stabilization in any weather conditions (also available by “ATLAS I”), thereby providing the Navy with opportunities for engagement in operations which previously could not be undertaken. With a top speed of 15 knots she has a large carrying capacity of over 2,600 tonnes on her open deck.
Both ships have been designed with operational flexibility in mind, meaning they can carry heavy tanks and combat and support vehicles, cranes, heavy construction and containers in configurations and capabilities as the needs of each shipment.
A spokesman for the family said: “In these hard times that our homeland is facing today, any enhancement of our Armed Forces’ defensive capability is simply an obligation of all us, Greeks.”
The Chiefs of the Hellenic Navy and the Defense General Staff welcomed the reinforcement of the Navy with one more well-deserved unit that will soon join the fleet.