Greek destroyer Psara

Psara (Greek: ΒΠ Ψαρά) was a Greek destroyer of the Dardo class, which served with the Hellenic Navy during the early stages of the Second World War. It was named after the Aegean island of Psara, which played an important role in the Greek War of Independence, and was the fourth ship to bear this name.

Namesake: Psara Island
Builder: Cantieri Odero
Launched: 1932
Commissioned: 1 May 1933
Fate: Sunk 20 April 20, 1941
General characteristics
Class and type: Freccia-class destroyer
  • Full load 2,050 tons
  • Standard 1,389 tons
Length: 92 m (302 ft)
Beam: 9.5 m (31 ft)
Draft: 3.65 m (12.0 ft)
Propulsion: Boilers: 3, Engines: 2 shaft Parsons type geared turbines, Power: 44,000 hp
Speed: 38 knots (70 km/h; 44 mph) maximum
Complement: 156

She was constructed in Sestri Ponente, Italy, by Cantieri Odero, and commissioned by the Hellenic Navy in 1933. After the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War, she participated in all three naval raids against Italian shipping in the Strait of Otranto (1415 November 1940, 15–16 December 1940, and 45 January 1941), and had significant anti-submarine activity. During the German invasion of Greece, she was attacked by German bomber aircraft on April 20, 1941 and sunk in the Saronic Gulf near Megara, with 37 members of her crew as casualties.

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