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Navarchos
Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 4th, 2018, 5:22 pm
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here are some more photos with more deck details and a photo at Alexandria alongside of Vasilissa Olga Destroyer painted with camo
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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 4th, 2018, 7:51 pm
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The problem is that you have to identify the dates of these photos. and you must decide which date to draw.
in my opinion, draws at least 2 versions:
- as completed/early 1930s career (with 3x40mm, 2 twin 13,2mm, no depth charges & add 40 naval mines)
- a 1942-1942 in british hand (with british camo, aft TT removed and replaced by a 3inAA gun, Y-barrel removed and additional depths charges added)

if Psara & Ydra were sunk on April 13 and 22, 1941.
the other two went through the war, alongside the British Mediterranean fleet.
The remaining pair (Condouriotis and Spetsai) served with the RN for the rest of the war.

Condouriotis receved the british pennant number H07
Subsequently, she underwent repairs and modernization in Bombay from June 1941 to April 1942. She returned to escort duties in the Mediterranean Sea, with the British pennant number H07, until November 15, 1943, when she was placed in active reserve. She was decommissioned in 1946.

Spetsai receved the british pennant number H38
After undergoing repairs and modernization in Calcutta, she returned to escort duties in the Mediterranean Sea, with the British pennant number H 38. She returned to Greece after liberation in October 1944 and was decommissioned in 1946.

H07 & H38 were modified (in 1941-1942) for escort work having their after TT mounting replaced by a 3in AA gun and "Y" gun removed to provide space for a heavy DC armament including 8 throwers
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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 11:47 am
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So let's start,
I decided to fix 4 versions of the ships.

-First version the leading ship RHNS Hydra as it was through 1933-39.
-Second version RHNS Psara through 1933-39 loaded with mines.
-Third version RHNS Spetsai as it was through 1939-41 when all Greek ships painted with camo ( I have the pattern but I am not sure with the colours...any idea?)
& Forth and final version RHNS Kountouriotis under RN modifications and colours through 1942-46.

I will draw some CoA for the ships based on the patterns of the Wild beast Class DD and the Vasilissa Olga DD, but they are completely imaginary...I'm not sure if those ships ever had CoA.


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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 11:49 am
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First Version

RHNS Hydra 1933-1939
sunk by German aircraft, 22 April 1941

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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 12:19 pm
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Second Version
RHNS Psara 1933-1939
sunk by German aircraft, 20 April 1941

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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 3:36 pm
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Third version

RHNS Spetsai 1939-1941

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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 4:01 pm
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Fourth version,

RHNS Antinavarchos Kountouriotis (Vice Admiral Kountouriotis) 1942-1946

RHNS Antinavarchos Kountouriotis & RHNS Spetsai survived German invasion and fled to Alexandria where united with Royal Navy.
They were sent to India at the end of 1941 for modernisation. ASW detection devises and DC was installed at the position of the (Y) 120mm turret which was removed. The aft triple torpedo tubes were removed and an AA 3'' gun was installed.
The ships then served in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the Free Greek Navy until late 1943. They were then laid up at Port Said, Egypt due to the need of Italian origin spare parts, and because their crews were needed for new ships built in the UK for the Free Greek Navy

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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 7:32 pm
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Lovely work Navarchos


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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 8:08 pm
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Excellent series. Look much better now. Keep up the great work!

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Post subject: Re: RHN Hydra Class DestroyersPosted: November 8th, 2018, 9:48 pm
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VERY nice work!

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