Naval Group, a global leader in naval defense and marine renewable energy, has reached a significant milestone in its ongoing partnership with Greece.

In a grand ceremony at their shipyard in Lorient, France, they proudly unveiled the first Belharra-class medium-sized frigate for the Hellenic Navy.

This monumental development is part of a crucial contract initiated in September 2021, aimed at providing Greece with three state-of-the-art warships to enhance its maritime capabilities, support national security, and contribute to European Union (EU) defense efforts.

As part of this contract, the Hellenic Navy will receive the HS Kimon, a powerful frigate with an array of advanced features and weaponry. The arrival of these frigates is eagerly anticipated, as they will significantly bolster the Hellenic Navy’s capabilities.

The existing fleet of 13 frigates, primarily dating back to the 1980s and early 2000s, will benefit greatly from the infusion of these modern vessels.

The HS Kimon: A Maritime Marvel

The jewel in the crown of this contract is undoubtedly the HS Kimon, a 4,500-ton (equivalent to 4.5 million kilograms) frigate with impressive dimensions.

Stretching 122 meters (approximately 400 feet) in length, 18 meters (about 59 feet) in width, and boasting a beam measuring 17.7 meters (about 58 feet), the HS Kimon is set to make a remarkable addition to the Hellenic Navy’s fleet.