Greece and Israel come together to produce the new class of Themistocles corvettes

During the Greek Prime Minister's visit to Israel on June 16, the Greek shipyard ONEX Neorion and the Israeli group Israel Shipyards announced the launch of a new generation of corvettes for the Hellenic navy, called Corvette Themistocles. This announcement follows the signing of an agreement between the two companies last February and represents very good news for Greece, whose surface fleet is particularly aging.

On the technical level, this new class of corvette is nothing exceptional, since it is a version adapted to the Greek needs of the corvette Sa'ar 72 under construction for the Israeli navy. Nevertheless, the rapid launch of this program, and the communication that is made around it, shows the political ambitions that surround the rapprochement between Israel and Greece. In fact, the two countries have come together considerably in recent years, particularly around the EastMed gas pipeline project, which is facing fierce opposition from Turkey. The energy issue, and the opposition to Ankara, appear very clearly at the center of the Themistocles project, also known as Eastern Mediteranean Patrol Corvette.

In the Surveillance version, the Themistocles is equipped with a light gun, rescue equipment and medical equipment suitable for rescue operations and humanitarian intervention, in particular.

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