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The US State Department approved the modernization of the Greek MEKO class frigates and their related equipment at an estimated cost of $ 2.5 billion. It also approved the sale of frigates in Greece MMSC (HF2) at an estimated cost of $ 6.9 billion.
The US government said in a statement that the proposed sale would improve Greece’s ability to respond to current and future threats by providing effective combat deterrent capability to protect maritime interests and infrastructure to support its strategic position on the south side. of NATO.
The acquisition, which will be awarded to the winner of an international tender to modernize Greek Navy frigates, will enhance maritime stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean region and contribute to the security and strategic objectives of NATO and the United States…
Greece contributes to NATO operations in Kosovo, as well as to maritime efforts to combat terrorism and piracy. “Greece will not find it difficult to incorporate these items and services in its armed forces.” concludes the State Department’s announcement
Of course, the US announcement creates confusion, as it refers to an international competition for the modernization of the Greek frigate fleet. This announcement is likely to be a publication of the official United States response to the Greek navy competition that ended with Greece selecting the French Belharra Frigates over the US frigates, probably at the wrong time.
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