Greece has signed a letter of intent with the Netherlands to transfer Dutch warships to its navy, being the latest step the country has taken in drastically increasing its arms purchases in recent years, reported Saturday a military media based in France.
The letter of intent covers the possible transfer of two M-class frigates and six Alkmaar-class mine action vessels (MCMVs) to the Greek Navy from the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Naval News reported.
The letter of intent was signed on the sidelines of the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) in Brussels on Wednesday by Aristeidis Alexopoulos, the Director General of the Greek Defense Purchasing Agency (GDDIA), and Arie Jan de Waard, the director of the Dutch Defense Material Organization (DMO).
The Greek Navy already operates 13 frigates, including nine Dutch Kortenaer-class ships. This latest purchase follows Greece’s recent order for three FDI-class frigates from France in September.
Although it has said it has no plans to embark on an arms race with its neighbor and NATO ally Turkey, Greece has stepped up its military purchases this year. The country recently signed several expensive armaments contracts with Israel for the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and missiles, with France for the purchase of Rafael fighter jets and with the United States for the updated its F-16 to the latest Viper configuration.