The Deputy Minister of National Defense, Mr. Ioannis Kefalogiannis, attended yesterday, Tuesday, October 31, 2023, accompanied by the Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Dimitrios-Eleftherios Katara PN, in the exercise “WAVE 3/23” of the Underwater Disaster Management (SDM) that took place on an islet in the Argosaronic Sea. Exercise “KYMA 3/23” is the main combined exercise of the Underwater Disaster Management of the PN. After an operational training program, UTRs and UTRs are coordinated to execute complex technical items and combined exercises.
In the context of the exercise, the new NSW high-speed vessels were presented, which were recently received by the DYK, adding them to the SAP fleet. In the context of the exercise, the new NSW high-speed vessels were presented, which were recently received by the DYK, adding them to the SAP fleet. The vessels have been equipped with modern FLIRs in order to conduct day and night operations.
A total of 4 new speedboats of the inflatable type have been received by the Navy’s Undersea Disaster Management (SDM) donation from the United States of America government. The new boats of DYK belong to the category of high-speed inflatable (inflatable) rigid hull (RIIB) and open type boats. They are listed as Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and are 11 meters. Their propulsion is achieved by two inboard caterpillar diesel engines with a total horsepower of 940 hp (470 each). The NSW boats reach a top speed of 45 knots and have a range of 190 nautical miles. They can carry an eight-man team of frogmen as well as a two-man crew.
From the photos, one more SAP of Italian manufacture and origin Fabio Buzzi can be seen.
Their armament consists of 2 mounts, one in the bow and the other in the stern with a combination of either two 12.7mm machine guns or a machine gun and a 40mm Mk19 machine gun. The ability for NSW boats to be carried by C-130 transports and air-dropped is extremely important and noteworthy. Their operational use is mainly for VBSS missions and reconnaissance.
At the same time, during the current period, another acquisition of the DYK is being tested and evaluated, the Greek unorthodox war vessel (UWV) “AGINOR”. DYK’s latest acquisitions also include the 4 American Mark Vs as well as the Greek “OKYALOS” SAB. Gradually, the DYK has included in its fleet remarkable closed-type boats suitable for missions of infiltration of groups of UK and then unhooking – escape.