The Hellenic Navy’s future multi-mission ship PERSEUS (for the voyage she was renamed as PERSEAS I ) arrived on Friday 1st September at Salamis Naval Base where she will receive the proper modifications in order to join the Navy soon. This is the fourth multi-purpose ship that joins the Navy as fleet support ship, all former commercial vessels and all donated by the Greek shipowner and president of Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation Panos Laskaridis.
She was built in 1993 by Naval Gijon, Spain as the fishing factory ship GIJON which used to operate from Gijon, Spain. In 2007 at a cost of $50 million she was fully rebuilt and converted as the research vessel VIKING VISION owned by the Norwegian Shipping Company – Eidesvik Shipping AS until 2017 of which was chartered to CGG Veritas (France) with their seismic operations.
Key features include a gross tonnage of 9,811 tons and a deadweight (dwt)tonnage of 5,539 tons and an overall length of 105m. She has a hybrid propulsion installation, electric propulsion with minimal acoustic signature, great excess of electrical power, reaching 11MW, maximum speed of 17 knots, the ability to transport and deliver at sea F-76 fuel of about 3,000 cubic meters, a helipad suitable for all single main rotor helicopter types of the Hellenic Armed Forces and though not equipped with the scientific equipment, she has capability to support seismic and geophysical research missions.