Statement by the Minister of National Defense Nikos Dendias regarding the participation of a Navy Frigate in the Multinational Operation “Prosperity Guardian”

The Minister of National Defence, Nikos Dendiasmade the following statement today, Thursday, December 21, 2023:

“The international community faces a major security challenge in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region.

Attacks on merchant ships by armed groups, by drones and missiles, pose a huge threat to human lives, international security and stability, the global economy and the well-being of citizens.

Greece, the country with the largest seafaring fleet, has a primary interest in maintaining the freedom of the sea lanes and the protection of seafarers’ lives.

At the behest of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, I asked the Chief of Naval Operations General Konstantinos Floros and the Chief of the Naval General Staff, Vice-Admiral Ioannis Drymousis PN, to have a Greek Navy Frigate participate in the multinational Operation “Prosperity Guardian”, for the protection of merchant ships, the lives of seafarers, the global economy.

I also informed the Egyptian side about this during my last visit to Cairo.

It goes without saying that the Frigate which will participate in the Operation has the necessary means of self-protection”.

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