Fact file: Hecla-class survey ship

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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 (AGS[1])
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 36 years old in 2008 ).
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.