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In France, Mitsotakis Inspects Three Warships Headed for Greek Navy

PARIS – Ahead of going to Normandy to attend the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in France, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited shipyards in the city of Lorient to get a look at three Belharra-class frigates being built for the Greek Navy.

They are being constructed by the Navale Group as part of Greece’s buildup of its military and arsenal that began during repeated Turkish provocations, including sending warships near Greek islands to accompany energy research vessels.

Mitsotakis took a tour of the Kimon, one of the frigates, which is expected to be delivered to the Hellenic Navy by June 2025 and put into use, and he also inspected the Nearchos and Formion frigates, coming in 2025 and 2026.

Mitsotakis described the building of the frigates as, “The most significant upgrade of our navy in recent decades … a very important addition to our country’s deterrent capability.”

PRIME MINISTER KYRIAKOS MITSOTAKIS VISITS FRANCE (DIMITRIS PAPAMITSOS/PRIME MINISTER’S PRESS OFFICE/EUROKINISSI)

He added that, “When the frigates are delivered, they will be the most modern ships in the Mediterranean, worthy successors of all the historical ships of the navy, on which the Greek flag always flies high and proud.”

Greece has since been in a period of detente with Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown himself to be notoriously volatile in swimming from belligerence to diplomacy and who had protested the Greek build-up.
That includes a mutual defense pact between Greece and France which also irked Erdogan, who assailed French President Emanuel Macron for making the deal before tensions eased.

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