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Fact file: Hecla (Protea)-class hydrographic vessel

The SAS Protea is equipped for hydrographic survey and the collection of oceanographic data.














Ships of the class:

Name

Builder

Laid Down

Launched

Commissioned:

SAS Protea (A324)

Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, United Kingdom.

nn.

July 14, 1971.

May 23, 1972.

 

 

Designation:

Survey Ship (AGS1)

Number:

One.

Main contactor:

Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd.

Cost:

Not known.

Associated project names:

Hotel (Replacement programme)

Ship’s company:

124 (10 officers).

Major dimensions & weights:

  • Displacement:

  • Growth potential:

  • Length:

  • Beam:

  • Draught:

 

  • 2733mt, full load.

  • Not known.

  • 79.3m.

  • 15m.

  • 4.7m.

Survivability:

Not known.

Main machinery:

Diesel-electric: Three MTU diesels providing 2.68mW (3840 hp), sustained, to three generators that supplies one 1.49mW (2000hp) electric motor that powers a single shaft.

Bow thruster.

Performance:

  • Output, max (diesels):

  • Speed, max:

  • Range, miles:

  • Endurance:

 

  • Not known.

  • 14kts.

  • 12,000 at 12kts.

  • Not known

Electronics:

  • ESM/ECM:

  • Decoys: nn.

 

  • Countermeasures:

  • Combat management system:

  • Weapons control:

  • Radars:

    • Air/surface search:

    • Fire control:

    • Navigation

  • IFF:

  • Sonar:

Other:

 

  • None.

  • None.

 

  • None.

  • None.

  • None.

 

  • None.

  • Racal Decca I-band.

  • Not known

  • None.

  • EGNG side-scan.

  • Not known.

Armament:

  • Missiles:

  • Guns:

  • Torpedoes:

  • Autonomous underwater vehicles:

  • Helicopters:

 

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV):

 

 

  • None.

  • None.

  • None.

  • None.

  • One Alouette III or Agusta A109 or SuperLynx.

  • None.

Expected life-time:

 

40 years (Vessel 38 years old in 2010).

Comment:

 

The Protea is equipped for hydrographic survey and the collection of oceanographic data. She also carries a Polaris survey system and survey launches. Her hull is strengthened for navigation in ice. She is also fitted with a passive roll stabilisation system. New engines were installed during a major refit during 1995-96. The Protea carries and two survey boats.

 

 

 

 

 

1 Auxiliary, Survey Ship.



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