rior to and during the 2004 Olympic summer games, dozens of Greek naval and coast guard vessels, in conjunction with maritime forces from NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean, helped monitor more than 9,000 miles of coastline in the Ionian, Aegean, and Mediterranean Seas. There were no serious maritime incidents or events during the games, in no small part because of the vigilance and hard work of the units assigned. The patrol boat pictured here, Hellenic Ship (HS) Pigassos, of the Norwegian Nasty class, was constructed in Mandai, Norway. The Pigassos and her three Greek sisters, Andromeda, Kykonos, and Toxotis, all were built between November 1966 and May 1967. By the 1980s, the class was in poor condition, but the four were refurbished and reengined in 1988. The Pigassos recently has seen her four, port and starboard, 533-mm torpedo tubes removed. As shown in this July 2004 photo, however, the vessel appears to be in excellent condition and likely will remain in service for a few more years, operating as a gun-only platform.
By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World