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Greece Receives First Rafale Jets from France

The first six of the 24 Rafale fighter jets bought from France in a landmark defense deal signed in January of 2021 arrived in Greece on Wednesday. The initial order was for 18 jets, but in September Athens added another...

NATO Allies Send Weapons to Ukraine as Russia Tensions Mount

NATO ally the United Kingdom has begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons and Canada has reportedly deployed a small contingent of special forces to Kiev amid concerns of a possible invasion by Russia. Speaking in the British parliament on Monday,...

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Unveil Its Own Fighter Jet in 2025

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in Ankara on Thursday that Turkey’s 5th generation fighter jet will make its first flight in 2025. Turkey’s first indigenous combat aircraft, the National Combat Aircraft (MMU) will emerge from hangars in 2023, he...

Turkish Cadets Swim the Distance to the Greek Island of Kastellorizo

Turkey's military cadets swam the distance to the Greek island of Kastellorizo last week to demonstrate how close the Greek island is to Turkey. The provocative move follows recent statements by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who referred to Kastellorizo...

Massive Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S Truman Docks at Souda Bay, Crete

The massive naval aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman docked at Souda Bay, Crete on Thursday and will remain off the coast of the island until January 3. The Harry S Truman, which was named after the thirty-third US president,...

Turkey Accuses Greece of Seeking Military Superiority

Turkey accused Greece on Friday of seeking to achieve military superiority in the eastern Mediterranean, describing Athens’ ambition as "futile." “This is not an arms race but showing off weapons. They are striving for superiority against Turkey through armament by...

Athens Hails Adoption of the U.S.-Greece Defense Act

Greece hailed on Thursday the overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the US-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act by the U.S. Congress earlier in the week. Greece's Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias stated "I would especially like to express our gratitude to...

US Congress Passes Bill Bolstering US-Greece Defense Partnership

The U.S. Senate passed the annual defense authorization bill last week which includes provisions aimed at bolstering US-Greece defense partnerships. The legislation now must be signed by President Biden before becoming law. The U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of...

The Presidential Guard: How Evzones Became a Potent Symbol of Greece

The long and honorable history of the Greek Presidential Guard (or Proedrikí Frourá in Greek) started on a day much like this, on December 12, 1868, in the newly established modern Greek state. This distinguished, battalion-sized military unit, dubbed Agema...

Greece Says Deal With France is Final Ruling Out US Frigate Offer

Greece’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that a government decision to purchase three French Belharra frigates is final, in effect ruling out the US offer to sell its own vessels. It said that negotiations for the French vessels, worth about...

Joe Biden Warns Vladimir Putin Not to Invade Ukraine

President Joe Biden said on Friday that he and his administration have plans to make it "very, very difficult" for Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. Biden and his team are creating a new set of initiatives to check...

Greece’s Alexandroupolis Hosts “Largest Shipment of US Equipment in History”

Greece's port of Alexandroupolis is now hosting the "largest shipment of US military equipment in history," the American Embassy in Athens said on Friday. US carriers have been transferring helicopters and military vehicles that will participate in the upcoming NATO...

Port of Alexandroupolis, Greece Hosts US Largest-Ever Military Landing

The huge U.S. Roll-on, Roll-off Carrier "ARC Independence," transporting military hardware, docked on Sunday in Greece's port of Alexandroupolis. The carrier is transferring helicopters and military vehicles that will participate in the upcoming NATO exercise "Atlantic Resolve." Konstantinos Chatzimichail, Chairman of...

Remains of Seven Greek Soldiers Killed in Cyprus Return Home

The remains of seven Greek soldiers who lost their lives during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus were transferred to Greece on Thursday. The handover ceremony took place in the presence of the Greek Deputy Minister of Defence Nikolaos Hardalias....

Greece Slams Spain Over Military Sales to Turkey

Greece expressed its irritation on Thursday at Spain's recent agreement with Turkey, which includes a series of military sales to Ankara. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain held a joint press conference following...