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Shipbuilder: French Frigates to Give Greece “An Advantage of Power”

September 28, 2021

ATHENS — Greece and Naval Group signed a memorandum of understanding on the procurement of three FDI HN ("Belharra") frigates for the Hellenic Navy in Paris, an agreement coming as part of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' visit to France on Monday.

Signing for Greece were National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Naval Group President and General Manager Pierre Eric Pommellet, and MBDA President and General Manager Eric Beranger

All three frigates FDI will be made at the group's shipyards in Lorient, the group said, adding that the first two will be delivered in 2025 and the third one in 2026.

FDI HN is a first-class frigate incorporating "the best technologies of Naval Group, Thales and of MBDA, which will supply the missiles Aster 30 B1 and Exocet MM40 Block 3c," the group announcement said, "providing an advantage of power and sovereignty for Greece." The frigates will also interface with the European and NATO fleets.

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