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  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi
    Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi 11 October 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Samih Sukri announced in Cairo in August 2020 that they had signed an exclusive economic zone agreement. Egyptian President Abdulfettah al-Sisi ratified the agreement two months later, limiting his jurisdiction in the Mediterranean. The country's state agency, MENA, said the agreement was published in the official newspaper under the signature of President Sissi. Turkey reacted to the agreement, which sa...
  • The Times: USA on the Move of Incirlik Base to Souda
    The Times: USA on the Move of Incirlik Base to Souda 28 September 2020
    The Times reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Greece is about Souda Base. Speaking with a Greek defence analyst, the newspaper wrote that this visit was aimed at moving the US base in Incirlik to the Souda Bay on Crete. According to The Times newspaper Athens correspondent Anthee Carassava, Pompeo will hold talks on moving Incirlik Base to Crete Island as part of the US efforts to increase its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. The n...
  • Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T
    Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T 25 September 2020
    Earlier this week (September 21, 2020) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone about regional developments, mainly in Turkey-France and the Eastern Mediterranean. In a telephone conversation, according to foreign media reports, President Erdogan asked France to ren out of its opposition stance in the Eurosam SAMP-T agreement. In 2018, a joint French-Italian consortium, Eurosam, signed a cooperation agreement to work ...
  • Poland Sends Troops to Turkey
    Poland Sends Troops to Turkey 19 September 2020
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved sending troops to Turkey as part of the NATO mission. Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), said up to 80 Polish troops will be deployed in Turkey. "We are responding positively to Ankara's recent call to NATO allies regarding the deteriorating security situation on the Syrian-Turkish border," Soloch said. Underlining that this is not a combat mission, a non-combatant force will be sent for...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • AGM-84 Harpoon or Exocet a Delayed Discussion
    AGM-84 Harpoon or Exocet a Delayed Discussion 9 September 2020
    Greek publication defence-point.gr discuss how Hellenic Air Force lost a probable operational advantage in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Libyan Sea against Turkey. The publication discusses probable outcomes if wrong decisions had not been taken many years ago. In April 1993, Greece signed the Peace Xenia II contract for the purchase of 40 new F-16C / D Block 50 fighters, deliveries of which began in January 1997. The aircraft could use air-launched AGM-84F Harpoon Block 1D anti...
  • NATO chief Turkey, Greece agree to start technical talks
    NATO chief Turkey, Greece agree to start technical talks 4 September 2020
      Turkey, Greece agree to start technical talks on E.Med: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says he is 'in close touch with all concerned Allies to find a solution to tensions in the spirit of NATO solidarity' Turkey and Greece agreed to enter into technical talks at NATO to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean, the alliance chief said on Thursday. "Greece and Turkey are valued Allies, and NATO is an important platfo...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean
    Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean 28 August 2020
    Turkish Defense Ministry released videos of six Greek F-16s trying to violate the NAVTEX declared.  Turkish fighters carried out "dog fight" with Greek ones and Ministry released the video on social media. Greek F-16s left the region, according to the rules of "dog fight",  Eastern Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone dispute between Turkey and Greece, is becoming a tense issue. Turkey declared NAVTEX and Greek F-16s approached this regi...
  • 28 August 2020
    Bahçeşehir University Maritime and Global Strategies Center, whose director was the senior Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı who resigned from Navy, conducted a public opinion survey on social media. The survey was  in Turkish, English, French and Greek. 8 thousand 523 people answered the survey.  The question was whether Turkey should take Greece serious in the eastern Mediterranean or follow its own path? 85 per cent in the survey 'Turkey and Greece should not take interloc...
  • Greece Attacks Two-Way
    Greece Attacks Two-Way 26 August 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they increased Greek territorial waters to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea. Miçotakis argued that they reserved their "right" to do the same in other seas. “We reserve the right for other sea areas,” said. Miçotakis reiterated the claim that the islands also have an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Prime Minister stated that the Italian and Albanian Foreign Ministers were informed of the situation.<...
  • French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base
    French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base 25 August 2020
    The Greek Cyprus-France-Greece air and navy exercise, will take place at the west of Cyprus from tomorrow, August 26th, until Friday, August 28th. According to Greek Cypriot press the drill will be a response to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the coming days, Paphos Air Base will become the operational centre of large-scale military activities, for the purpose of exercises. Greek Cypriot press states that three French Rafale aircraft and 3 Greek F-16 aircraft will us...
  • Greece Plans Military Exercise Amid Dispute With Turkey
    Greece Plans Military Exercise Amid Dispute With Turkey 24 August 2020
    According to the Associated Press, Greece navy and air force will conduct military exercises in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas as the neighbouring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights. The three-day, live-fire exercises will start Tuesday southeast of the Greek island of Crete, officials in Athens said. Germany, meanwhile, is stepping up a diplomatic effort to try to prevent the regional tensions from esca...
  • Israel F-35I Announcement
    Israel F-35I Announcement 17 August 2020
    Stating that supporting Greece, which experiencing tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean; Israel, announced a significant statement about F-35I Adirs Israel, which is the only country that has the right to use the F-35 customized in line with the requirements of the country except USA, has left another important milestone in the F-35I Adir process. The Israeli Air Force announced that another F-35I Squadron is fully operational. Thus, the 116th "Lions of the South&q...
  • Bayraktar TB2 on Rhodes
    Bayraktar TB2 on Rhodes 12 August 2020
    Bayraktar TB2, one of the unmanned aerial vehicles serving successfully in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces and the General Directorate of Security, is also on duty at the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey's MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel deployed off the coast of Kastellorizo Island for hydrocarbon surveying activities and the waters in the Eastern Mediterranean warmed-up. The task group, which is moved to the region with a task force of at least...
  • Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys
    Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys 11 August 2020
    Turkish Navy, which has a powerful rooted tradition, provides the security of the seismic survey activities carried out by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara had declared Navtex in the Eastern Mediterranean for seismic research activities. MTA Oruç Reis, who anchored in the scope of the works, started to deployment in the region with the accompanying Turkish Navy vessels. As the relevant share his from the Ministry of Defence's official social medi...
  • Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean
    Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean 7 August 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, who are based in Cairo, met in Cairo. In a joint press release, the ministers announced that Greece and Egypt have signed an exclusive economic zone (Münhasır Ekonomik Bölge/ MEB) agreement. Minister Shoukry said the agreement would allow the two countries, particularly oil and gas reserves, to maximise existing resources in the exclusive economic zone. Greek Foreign Minister Dendias said the ...
  • French Nuclear Submarine in the Mediterranean
    French Nuclear Submarine in the Mediterranean 28 July 2020
    The French Navy's nuclear submarine has turned its direction to the Mediterranean to take the new phase of naval tests. FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, began sea testing in the Atlantic Ocean in May. The submarine, which was subjected to acceptance tests before it was commissioned in 2020, will arrive at Toulon Naval Base tomorrow (July 29th) and begin the Mediterranean stage of the tests. The 65 crew members in...
  • Eisenhower Strike Group Exercises with Hellenic Navy
    Eisenhower Strike Group Exercises with Hellenic Navy 27 July 2020
    The Dwight D. Eisenhower (IKE) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) announced that it participated in surface exercises with the Hellenic Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, July 24-28, 2020. The exercises included formation steaming, tactical manoeuvres, communications drills, and allowed participating forces to test and refine command and control between the two navies. “Exercises like this enhance our professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and p...
  • Greece May Be Deploying Ships to Aegean Region
    Greece May Be Deploying Ships to Aegean Region 22 July 2020
    Greece took action after Turkey announced seismic research activities in the Eastern Mediterranean since July 21st. Athens has sent ships to the South and South East Aegean region, France-based news agency AFP reported, citing an official from the Greek navy. About the ships described as "high readiness level", the source said that since yesterday, the deployment efforts have been underway in the specified areas.
  • Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy
    Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy 13 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy, which wants increase its existence with higher efficiency in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to studies. Upgrades appeared on the first platform were completed in the modernization of Burak class corvette, which has been on the agenda for some time. In the photos shared by @oeroguz on Twitter, significant changes were detected on the ship. Within the scope of the modernization work carried out, Modèle 68 main gun&...
  • Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability
    Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability 12 July 2020
    Greece, which wants to increase its effectiveness in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, is expanding the steps taken in the navy area. The Hellenic Navy continues to add ships in its inventory from different ways. In this context, another platform donated by Aikateri Laskaris Foundation to the Hellenic Naval Forces. HS Iraklis (A 472) commissioned with a ceremony held at the Salamis Naval Base as the logistic support vessel. Founded under the leadership of form...
  • The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus
    The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus 10 July 2020
      The United States announced that it will conduct military training with the Greek Cypriot government that claims to represent the whole Island with the name of the Republic of Cyprus. The training will be for the first time. The United States announced the move Wednesday. The announcement came months after the US Congress late last year ended an arms embargo on the entire island, imposed in 1987 to prevent an arms race and encourage a peaceful settlement. ...
  • ARES will Produce 17 Fast Patrol Boat for General Directorate of Police
    ARES will Produce 17 Fast Patrol Boat for General Directorate of Police 10 July 2020
    Designed within the scope of the Turkish Coast Guard Command, Gendarmerie General Command and the General Directorate of Security, ARES 35 has added new activities to the Turkish Type Boat (Fast Patrol Boat ). The negotiations that have been continuing for a long time with the General Directorate of Police (EGM) have been completed. EGM orders 17 boats for its own needs, while the manufacturer aims to provide uninterrupted products despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Keres Kalafatoğlu, C...
  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • Huge Tank Order of Egypt
    Huge Tank Order of Egypt 28 June 2020
    Egypt, which is one of the cornerstones of the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to spend on armament non-stop. According to a report published in the Egyptian media yesterday, Cairo signed a major procurement agreement with the Russian Defence Export Agency Rosoboronexport. In this context, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence inked an agreement with UralVagonZavod, one of the subsidiaries of the institution, to manufacture 500 T-90MS main battle tanks unde...
  • Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis
    Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis 23 June 2020
    In February 2020 ONEX Neorion Shipyards and Israel Shipyards signed a contract for the co-production and co-development of vessels. The agreement was part of Greece’s cooperation and strategic relationship with Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. An agreement for the co-production of the “Themistoklis” corvette is the result of this agreement. According to today’s announcement of the company that manages the shipyards of Neorio in Syros, the co...
  • Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy
    Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy 11 June 2020
    Despite economic problems, Greece continues its armament programs. Greek parliament approved several projects on May 2. Thus, Athens decided to add new ones to existing processes. Greece, which makes unilateral claims in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean and sometimes does not hesitate from dangerous convergence, continues its investments in weapon systems. At the parliamentary meeting held in Athens on 2 May, it was decided to expand the processes in question. In this c...
  • Greece and Italy Signs, Turkey Wins
    Greece and Italy Signs, Turkey Wins 11 June 2020
    Greece, which has used all kinds of ways to expand the sea and air borders unilaterally as an excuse for the continental shelf of the islands in the Aegean, scored its own goal. Because of the importance of hydrocarbon deposits detected in the Eastern Mediterranean growth exclusive economic zone problems several times. An agreement, which in favor of Turkey's exclusive economic zone, has been inked. Greece signed an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) agreement with Italy that sh...
  • Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours
    Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours 10 June 2020
    Bayraktar Tactical Armed/ UAV System TB2 developed by Baykar Defence for use in the execution of reconnaissance and intelligence missions reached 200,000 flight hours. The system, armed for Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri/ TSK) provides reconnaissance, aerial observation, target detection and destruction. According to the company, the TB2 flew 200,000 hours, making it the first national aircraft to serve in the sky for the longest time. It can carry four MAM-L and...
  • Israeli Anti-Ship Missile Test
    Israeli Anti-Ship Missile Test 3 June 2020
    The hydrocarbon deposits and the importance of maritime trade are the two most important elements that increasing tension on the continental shelf debates today. For this reason, the states that have coast and have political/strategic interests are going through different measures. Israel, one of the most important players in the Eastern Mediterranean, announced a long-range anti-ship missile was tested last month. In the published images, it was recorded that the missile ...
  • İkinci: Class I Frigate Will be Launched at the End of 2020
    İkinci: Class I Frigate Will be Launched at the End of 2020 20 May 2020
    Speaking at the online panel organized by STM ThinkTech, STM General Manager Murat İkinci stated that they plan to keep the remote working method valid for some personnel at the end of the COVID-19 process.   "We have partners in many parts of the world, it is much easier for us to get together in the digital environment," said İkinci, stating that they are now holding project meetings in digital media, thus reducing the time spent on getting together. ...
  • Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials
    Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials 18 May 2020
    Sea trials of Barracuda platforms, which are planned to replace Rubis class submarines that have reached the end of their life, have begun. The French Navy, started to test phase of FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, The submarine was recently subjected to vertical replenishment trials VERTREP for the first time with an NH90 NFH helicopter. This process has great importance in issues such as medical evacuation, goods a...
  • Rear Admiral Yaycı Appointed to The General Staff
    Rear Admiral Yaycı Appointed to The General Staff 16 May 2020
    According to the decision issued under the signature of the Turkish President, Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı, Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces Command, was appointed to the command of the General Staff. The decision on the appointment was published in the Official Gazette. No information about Yaycı's place of duty was shared. Last month, Yaycı became the first combatant Admiral to take the title as an associate professor. Yaycı has books titled "The Concept of Exclu...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability
    Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability 10 May 2020
    Egypt, which has modernized its army with many weapons purchases from various countries and has become an important power in the Eastern Mediterranean, is improving its attack helicopter capability. The United States has approved the possible sale of materials requested by Cairo in line with the requirements of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Egypt requested many subcomponents for refurbishment requirement of platforms such as 88 T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines, which 86...
  • Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean
    Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean 8 May 2020
    Greece, which could not respond to the increasing Turkish UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity in the Aegean Sea and expressed this situation in its reports, found the solution in Israel. The waters in the Mediterranean and Aegean are getting warmer despite COVID-19. Athens signed a Heron UAV lease agreement with Israel, according to a statement from the Israeli Ministry of Defense's official social media account. Greece has the option to procure platforms under...