Military

Greece, USA Participate in Joint Naval Exercises in Arabian Gulf

Greek and U.S. Coast Guard and naval forces conducted joint exercises in the Arabian Gulf in one of the most strategically-important areas of the world.

Turkey Claims Greek Fighter Jets “Harassed” Vessel in Northern Aegean

Turkey charged on Tuesday that Greek fighter jets had “harassed” its research vessel Cesme while it sailed in the Northern Aegean.

Turkey Announces Massive Military Exercise in the Aegean

Turkey announced on Monday that it will conduct a large-scale naval exercises in the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea between February 25 and March 7.

French Rafale Jets Fly Over Greece

French Rafale jets made their flying debut over Greece on Thursday during the joint bilateral exercise, "Skyros 2021". The exercise allowed Greece to take a close look at the jets that Athens recently signed a contract for, Greek National Defense...

Greek Shipowner Donates Entire Wealth to the Armed Forces

A Greek shipowner and World War II veteran donated his entire wealth to the Greek armed forces earlier this week. Iakovos Tsounis, 97, donated 23 million euros and 60 landing craft, declaring that he wants to leave life as he...

Greece Eyes US F-35 Jets After French Rafale

Greece is eying to buy the state-of-the-art F-35 fighter aircraft from the US, the country's Defense Minister revealed on Tuesday. Speaking after Greece and France signed the agreement to buy 18 Rafale fighters, Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said that "sooner or...

Greece, France Sign $2.8 Billion Rafale Jet Deal

Greece signed a 2.3 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France on Monday to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets. Florence Parly, the French Defense Minister, signed the agreement in Athens to deliver 12 used and six new aircraft built by Dassault...

Greece Signs Deal With France to Purchase 18 Rafale Jets

Greece is to sign a formal agreement with France for the purchase of 18 Rafale fighter jets at a ceremony in Athens on Monday. French Defense Minister Florence Parly will visit the Greek capital and will also hold meetings with...

Greece Extends Military Service to 12 Months

Greece announced on Thursday that is extending the mandatory military service in the land forces to twelve months, from the current nine. The duration of military service in the Greek Army, the Navy and the Air Force has now been...

Russia Chides Greece Over Ship Inspection Off Libya

Russia reproached Greece and the European Union over the inspection of a Russian cargo vessel by Greek special forces off the coast of Libya earlier in January. The inspection by soldiers from the Hellenic Navy vessel "Adrias," which is the...

Rafale Jet Purchase Approved by Greek Parliament

The Greek Parliament overwhelmingly approved on Thursday the purchase of 18 French-made Rafale fighter jets. All of Greece's political parties, with the exception of the Communist party and Gianis Varoufakis' Mera25, voted for the bill which was approved by a...

Joint Military Exercises Underway Between Greece, US and Cyprus

Joint military exercises are now underway between the Special Forces from Greece, Cyprus and the United States. The exercises are ongoing in the Mediterranean off the coast of the Souda Bay base on Crete, according to reports from state-run...

Turkish President Talks of "Ushering in New Era," Accuses Greece of Violations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent very mixed signals in his remarks to European Union ambassadors at the presidential palace complex in Ankara on Tuesday. He stated glowingly that "Talks with Greece can usher in a new era," and that he...

Turkish President Talks of “Ushering in New Era,” Accuses Greece of Violations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent very mixed signals in his remarks to European Union ambassadors at the presidential palace complex in Ankara on Tuesday. He stated glowingly that "Talks with Greece can usher in a new era," and that he...

Greek, Turkish Vessels Collide in the Aegean

Greek and Turkish vessels collided off the Greek islet of Imia in the south-eastern Aegean on Wednesday. According to Greek defense sources, the incident involved two coast guard vessels and it occurred in Greek territorial waters. The Greek speedboat from was...