Former SYRIZA defence minister supports procurement of French Belharra frigates

Apostolakis stressed that the combination and inter-operability of the frigates and the French Rafale fighter jets that the government has agreed to purchase is ideal and can ensure excellent results in monitoring the region and in operations.

Former SYRIZA defence minister Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, has broken ranks with the main opposition party and has come out clearly in favour of the government’s Greece-France strategic defence accord and the procurement of three French Belharra frigates, noting that this is what the Hellenic Navy wanted along.


In an interview with the Sunday edition of the newspaper Vradini, Apostolakis stressed that the combination and inter-operability of the frigates and the French Rafale fighter jets that the government has agreed to purchase is ideal, and that it can ensure excellent results in monitoring the region and in operations.


“This is the best possible choice. The ship (Belharra) is exceptional and it had been chosen by us as well. The Hellenic Navy is entering a new era in the area of aeronautical operations,” he said.

Apostolakis dodged a question on whether he plans to run on SYRIZA’s ticket in the next general elections, which most analysts expect to be next year.


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