HS EVROPI (M 62)
Ship’s coat of arm is a wooden shield and depicts a dolphin neutralizing a Mk-6 mine in white background. Ship’s name is written in gold letters in its top side.
HS EVROPI (formerly HMS BICESTER M-36) was one of the twelve minehunters, HUNT class, which were constructed with GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) by VOSPER THORNYCOFT SHIPYARDS in Portsmouth, UK.This ship class was one of the biggest that ever made with this kind of material (GRP). This MCMV was commissioned in May 1986 and was appointed to the 2nd Minehunters Squadron of the British Royal Navy, based on Portsmouth. She was the third ship to carry the same name which was once a place of hunting in the UK. The second ship that bore this name was a small Escort Destroyer, which operated in the Aegean Sea during the Civil War in Greece.
Under the British Flag, she took part in the Gulf War in 1991, neutralizing seventy-five (75) mines.
On 31st July 2000, HMS BICESTER was delivered to the Hellenic Navy. Commanding Officer, Commander M.C. Allibon, RN, delivered the ship to Lieutenant Commander E. Marinos, HN, and was named HS EVROPI (M-62).
On 25th August 2000 the ship sailed from Portsmouth port to Salamis Base, where she arrived on 8th September 2000, appointed to the 3rd Minesweepers Squadron.