For several years now, the Greek authorities have hoped to obtain from their American counterparts the loan or sale of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer or a second-hand Ticonderoga-class cruiser, to strengthen its anti-aircraft capabilities and be in able to cope with the Turkish rise in power. Until now, these requests, passed through the military or technocratic channels, never got favorable answers nor on the part of Washington, and even less of the US Navy, which is struggling to maintain a minimum format to meet the increased operational pressure. But obviously, President Kyriakos Mitsotakis does not seem ready to abandon this ambition, and he even considers that the moment is opportune today to bring this request through political channels, directly to the new American administration.
Concretely, the Greek authorities are relying on several statements by American military officials suggesting that the US Navy would not be able to increase its overall ship size in the coming years, while new units of Arleigh Burke and Constellation frigates are scheduled to enter service. Therefore, Athens believes that the US Navy will necessarily have to retire some Burke-class destroyers, among the first ships to enter service, allowing Greece to offer to acquire a second-hand unit at a price very competitive.
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