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US State Dept approves potential warship sale worth $9.4 billion to Greece

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships for $6.9 billion to Greece alongside $2.5 billion worth of upgrades to Greece’s existing Meko Class ships, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The deal follows a September agreement where Greece said it would buy French frigates worth about 3 billion euros ($3.51 billion).

The proposed sale would include four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant Ships, similar to the 370-plus-foot-long Littoral Combat Ships used by the US Navy, and associated missiles, sonars, weapons, spares and technical support, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin was the prime contractor for the ships.

The State Department also approved a potential sale of $2.5 billion worth of upgrades and modernization to four vessels in Greece’s existing fleet of Meko Class frigates, the Pentagon said. The potential package includes Phalanx missile upgrade kits to protect against cruise missiles, MK 49 Guided Missile Launcher Systems, new sonars and support.

Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed and BAE Systems are the prime contractors for that sale, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Friday.

Despite approval by the State Department, the notification does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

Greece contributes to NATO operations in Kosovo, supports NATO’s southern flank, as well as counterterrorism and counter-piracy maritime efforts in the Mediterranean. [Reuters]

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  1. Along side or instead of the [better] French frigates?

  2. Plenty of fakelaki to go with that I guess. Anything to make the American MIC happy. Greece’d better honour the agreement with France. Greece is not Australia and France can make Greece hurt a lot in the EU. It would not surprise me if France at one moment leaves NATO (again). They are already pushing for an European defense. Europe needs to stop offering itself up as a battlefield for America.

  3. 10 billion + for weapons and upgrades when just 1 billion could fix the Health system??
    A very bent world we live in.😒