Hellenic Navy warship, HS Psara joined EU Naval Force Somalia, Operation Atalanta yesterday, Wednesday 19 February. The Greek Navy frigate left the Salamina Naval Base on Thursday 13 February.
HS Psara will be part of the EU’s counter-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean for a period of three months. The warship previously participated in EU Naval Force between December 2008 to April 2009.
HS Psara is a Hydra class frigate and was commissioned into the Greek Navy in 1998. The multi-role frigate, which has a crew of 198, carries a wide mix of sensors and armaments, including one Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk helicopter.
Press Release, February 20, 2014, 2014; Image: EU Navfor