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The Jason-class LST (Land Ship, Tank) (Hellenic: αρματαγωγό κλάσσης Ιάσων, literally tank-carrier of class Jason) is a class of tank landing ships designed and built in Greece[1] through a cooperation of the Elefsis Shipyards with the National Technical University of Athens and the Hellenic Navy, which ordered the ships in 1986.[2] Along with the Zubr class LCAC, they are the primary amphibious warfare ships of the Hellenic Navy. The first was laid down on 18 April 1987, second in September 1987, third in May 1988, fourth in April 1989 and fifth in November 1989. Completion of all five and in particular the last three was severely delayed by the shipyard's financial problems, which was privatised in October 1997. Greece tried to start building a sixth ship in 2000 but cancelled it before construction began.[2] The ships are capable of transporting 350 infantry troops, but they can transport up to 1,200 infantry for short distances,[1] and they can also carry up to 22 main battle tanks (MBTs) or a variety of other equipment such as armoured personnel carriers (APCs), howitzers, MLRS launchers, trucks, etc.[2] The Hellenic Navy
Hellenic Navy
used the Jason class ships to replace older American landing ships from the Second World War
Second World War
era.[1][2] The Hellenic Navy preferred to not buy new ships from other nations in order to acquire experience in the design and construction of warships entirely in Greece.[1] Although the new ships replaced WW2-era LSTs, the Hellenic Navy
Hellenic Navy
did not equip the Jason-class ships with marine fighting vehicles (such as BMP-3F) and therefore Greek marines have to use tactical landing methods similar to those of the Second World War
Second World War
era.[2] The ships use two types of Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel
Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel
(LCVPs): the type 36 and the type 36F (with F meaning Fast).[2]

Contents

1 Ships 2 Specifications 3 Weapons 4 Electronic systems 5 References

Ships[edit]

HS Chios (L173), commissioned 1996 HS Samos (L174), commissioned 1994 HS Ikaria (L175), commissioned 1999 HS Lesvos (L176), commissioned 1999 HS Rodos (L177), commissioned 2000

Specifications[edit]

Length: 116 metres Beam: 15.3 metres Draught: 3.4 metres Full load displacement: 4,470 tons Propulsion: 2 Wärtsilä Nohab 16V25 diesels; 9,200 hp(m) (6.76 MW) sustained; 2 shafts Speed: 16 kn Military Lift: 300 troops plus vehicles; 4 LCVPs

Weapons[edit]

1 Oto Melara 76mm/62 Mod 9 compact 2 Breda 40mm/70 4 Rheinmetall
Rheinmetall
20mm (2 twin) Helicopters: Platform for one medium helicopter

Electronic systems[edit]

Radars: Thomson-CSF
Thomson-CSF
Triton; G-band Fire control: Thomson-CSF
Thomson-CSF
Pollux; I/J-band Navigation: Kelvin Hughes Type 1007; I-band

References[edit]

^ a b c d [1] ^ a b c d e f [2]

Hellenic Navy
Hellenic Navy
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Ship classes of the Hellenic Navy

Frigates

Hydra class Elli class

Gunboats

Asheville class Thetis class Osprey 55 class Osprey HSY-56A class

Submarines

Glafkos class (Neptune I) Poseidon class (Neptune II) Papanikolis class

Fast attack craft

La Combattante IIa class La Combattante III class La Combattante IIIb class Roussen class

Mine warfare ships

Hunt class mine hunters Osprey class mine hunters MSC-294 class minesweepers

Landing Vessels

Jason class LSTs Zubr class LCACs

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