Greece seeks to add 15 frigates to its inventory in 5 years

Greece is implementing a program to renew its armed forces, with a report from local newspaper Kathimerini confirming that it is looking to add 15 ships to its inventory over the next five years.

In an article published last Tuesday, the daily indicated that initially, a contract for the purchase of three French FDI-type frigates will soon be finalized.

The government will then take a final decision on the corvette purchase program, for which Dutch, Italian and French companies are competing.

The report says if supplies of two and six Alkmaar-class mine hunters, for which Greece and the Netherlands signed a letter of intent in October, move forward, the Greek Navy will have to decommission some older units. and allocate an expensive maintenance budget.

At the same time, the Greek and American coast guards signed a cooperation protocol in Athens on Tuesday, the official AMNA news agency reported.

The agreement reached within the framework of the expansion of the American-Greek military cooperation was signed in the presence of the Greek Minister of the Merchant Navy Giannis Plakiotakis and the American Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

Plakiotakis said it was an important step towards even closer cooperation between the two countries.

Pyatt said the cooperation will contribute to the stability and safety of navigation in the Mediterranean.

The Greek Navy already operates 13 frigates, nine Dutch Kortenaer and four German Meko-200 class, and had ordered three FDI class frigates from France in September.

Greece has also recently signed several expensive armaments contracts with Israel for the purchase of drones and missiles, with France for the purchase of Rafael warplanes and with the United States for the updating of its F-16 fighter jets with the latest Viper configuration.

Most recently, the US State Department approved the sale of four warships valued at $ 6.9 billion to Greece as well as transactions to modernize existing frigates valued at $ 2, $ 5 billion, but Greece intends to stay with the French frigates.

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