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Velos
Career
Ordered: 1905
Laid down: 1905
Launched: May 8, 1907
Commissioned: 1907
Decommissioned: 1926
Fate: broken up
Current position:
General Characteristics
Displacement: standard displacement 350 tons
Length: 67 m
Beam: 6.1 m
Draft: 2.7 m
Speed: Maximum Speed 30 knots
Complement: 58
Armament: Gun 2 X FR 3in 7.6cm 12pdr Hotchkiss Single & Gun 4 X FR 57mm 6pdr 40cal Hotchkiss QF Single & Torpedo 2 X FR 18in 45cm
Powerplant: 2 shafts, 6,800 hp
Armour: unknown

Velos (Greek: Τ/Β Βελος, "Arrow") was a Niki class destroyer that served in the Royal Hellenic Navy (1907 - 1926).

The ship, along with her three sister ships, was ordered from Germany in 1905 and was built in the Vulcan shipyard at Stettin.

During World War I, Greece belatedly entered the war on the side of the Triple Entente and, due to Greece's neutrality the four Niki class ships were seized by the Allies in October, 1916, taken over by the French in November and served in the French Navy from 1917-18. By 1918, they were back on escort duty under Greek colors, mainly in the Aegean Sea.

Velos saw action in the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922). In 1918, after the Armistice of Moudros, Velos entered the Dardanelles with the allied fleet and was the first Greek warship to enter Constantinople under the command of Lt. Commander Petros Voulgaris. In 1919, she conducted escort missions in the Black Sea carrying Greek refugees from Pontus.

After the war, Velos was stricken in 1926, while her sister ships of Niki Class Destroyers was refurbished.








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