Greece plans to strengthen its Navy

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 18.1.2018 17:09

Greece plans to launch negotiations with France over the purchase of two French-Italian FREMM class frigates in February, local news reported on 17 January. The decision follows a verbal agreement between French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, which concerned mutual cooperation on European development. Such acquisition would further strengthen the position of the Greek Navy in the Aegean Sea.

In addition, the potential purchase can be expanded by two other vessels for the Navy, specifically, the Defence Department is considering French Gowind-Class corvettes. According to the French Naval Group, the FREMM-class frigate is capable of carrying out a wide range of operations from anti-aircraft and anti-submarine activities to land attacks. Moreover, the Hellenic Navy's reinforcement is logical within the context of the overall defence strengthening due to numerous clashes with Turkey. Although both countries are NATO member states, there are frequent maritime disputes between Athens and Ankara. The long-term place of collision between both countries is the Aegean Sea, where, for example, one of the Turkish Coast Guard vessels bumped into the Greek warship Nikiforos on Wednesday 17 January. Both states have declared national interests in the Aegean Sea which are usually in the centre of disputes.

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