A race for naval supremacy in the Aegean Sea has been going on in desperate fashion since the outbreak of Greek-Turkish troubles in Cyprus.
A race for naval supremacy in the Aegean Sea has been going on in desperate fashion since the outbreak of Greek-Turkish troubles in Cyprus. With the Middle East talk of an unavoidable clash between these two neighbours, their naval chiefs of staff have been pressing for more sea power under the Mutual Defence Assistance Progress which is designed to support United States Allies in NATO.
Turkey recently gained some naval units from the States, Greece has received two 2,500-ton submarines, as well as landing craft, making the Royal Hollenic Submarine Flotilla a quite formidable contributor to defence.
This week, on 9th July, another former American sub was coded to Greece -- the 312-ft. USS Jack, which was renamed amphitriti at a ceremony at Scaramanga naval base. Chief of the Greek fleet, Admiral Lappas, was present, with the Under-Secretary of Defence Mr. Themelis and American Ambassador Mr. Riddleberger, who spoke to the US crew which had sailed the sub over. The crew has now returned to the States and the re-named Amphitriti will be officially handed over next month.