The Greek defense ministry has established for the first time a military outpost on the island of Gavdos, the southernmost point of Greece, and is planning to do the same at the island of Othonoi, the country’s westernmost point.
The outposts are small in size, but their establishment is seen as a symbolic act to reassure the local population and to show that Greece is determined to defend its most remote territories.
The military outpost in Gavdos, with a capacity of nine soldiers, was established in the summer at Cape Tripiti which is the southernmost point of the island and Greece, and just lays to the immediate south of Crete.
The Gavdos local authority gave the green light for the construction, providing a building next to the lighthouse of the island.
Reports say that a military outpost of the same size will also be established in Othonoi, the westernmost point of Greece.
With an area of 10.8 sq. km, Othonoi is 12 nautical miles from the northwest coast of Corfu, and lies opposite the Albanian coast.
The decision to establish a military post follows the announcement in August of the expansion of Greek territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Ionian Sea.
“Greece is growing,” PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis had said and added that a bill will be tabled at parliament which would specify that the country’s territorial waters from the northernmost Ionian islands to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese will be extended to 12 nautical miles.