Four Mark V Special Operations boats acquired for the Hellenic Navy have arrived in Athens from the USA.
Negotiations between the two countries began two years ago for the platforms used by the SEAL (SEa, Air, Land) units of the US Navy in their operations.
Mark Vs, which can reach 50 knots per hour in still sea environment, can accelerate to 35 knots per hour under the conditions of Sea State 3 (good weather concerning wave height).
Mark V SOC (Special Operations Craft) is managed by a crew of five. Other staff carried can be positioned in the standing or sitting position behind the bridge. Mark Vs can also be equipped with different weapons such as 7.62mm machine guns, 12.7mm heavy machine guns, 40mm grenade launchers or 25mm guns.
The Hellenic Navy will name the four Mark V special operations boats Aeolus, Astrapi (Lightning), Hesperus and Centaur.
Additionally, donated by the Greek shipowner Panos Laskaridis, HS Atlas I (A471) a general supply ship used by the Hellenic Navy, arrived in Rhodes today.