Military

Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense Appoints New National Defense, Army, Navy Chiefs

On Friday, during a meeting of the Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou was appointed as the new chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA). The appointment comes following...

US to Lift Cyprus Arms Embargo, Foreign Minister Christodoulides Says

The Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicos Christodoulides referred to the prospect of the  Republic of Cyprus buying arms from the United States in the near future. Speaking with the Associated Press on Friday, he said that ''the U.S. will...

Accident Due to Turkish Fighter Jet's Violation Narrowly Averted

A serious accident was narrowly averted on Friday afternoon over the Eastern Aegean Sea after a Turkish F-16 fighter jet harassed a Greek military ''Super Puma'' helicopter. According to the Greek daily Kathimerini, the incident was seriously dangerous, because if...

Nicosia Refutes Turkey's Claims of a Joint Turkish-American Exercise in Cyprus' EEZ

On Sunday morning, diplomats from Nicosia refuted Turkey's claims that a joint military exercise took place south of Cyprus between the American and the Turkish armies earlier this week. According to the Cypriot state TV RIK, diplomats from Nicosia said...

''Avoid Provocations or You'll Pay a Heavy Price'', Turkey's Akar Warns Greece

In a statement made on Wednesday, Greece's Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis' said ''if Turkish forces land on a rocky islet in the Aegean, it will be razed.'' In response, Hulusi Akar, Turkey's Defence Minister said that ''everyone should avoid provocations'' adding that...

Kammenos Warns ''We Will Crush'' Turkey

In response to the recent series of incursions and airspace violations committed by Turkish fighter jets over several Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos sternly warned Turkey against further violations of the country's integrity...

Turkish Jets Violate Greek Airspace Twice on Monday

According to a statement issued by the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), two Turkish F-16 jets flew over the Greek island of Oinousses at a height of 26,000 feet on Monday, at 16:04 local time (14:04 GMT). The newest...

Cyprus and Israel Begin Joint Military Exercises

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Cyprus, along with their Israeli counterparts, are beginning a new joint exercise as part of the annual military cooperation program between the two countries. The exercises will begin on Monday, December 17 and will last until...

Greek Presidential Guard Established 150 Years Ago Today

The long and remarkable history of the Greek Presidential Guard (or Proedrikí Frourá in Greek) started on a day much like this, 150 years ago. This distinguished, battalion-sized military unit, dubbed Agema at the time, was established by a royal...

Cyprus, Israel Begin Joint Military Exercises in East Mediterranean

The Cypriot Ministry of Defense has announced that joint military exercises with Israel will take place within the Nicosia FIR (flight information region) from Monday until Thursday. The exercises will occur in the context of the annual military cooperation program...