“We say it and we do it,” the Minister of National Defence Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos posted on Twitter.
His message was posted after the final phase of training that took place in international waters. The location is also of significance, as it took place in an area that Ankara is trying to usurp.
The exercise which lasted three hours included a real fire in the sea area south of Karpathos.
In a period of escalating Turkish provocations, the minister tweeted that “the successful completion of interdisciplinary operations confirms the readiness and deterrent capability of the Greek Armed Forces.”
Το λέμε και το κάνουμε πράξη.
Η επιτυχής ολοκλήρωση των διακλαδικών επιχειρησιακών δραστηριοτήτων επιβεβαιώνει την ετοιμότητα και την αποτρεπτική δυνατότητα των Ελληνικών Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων.https://t.co/RKGgPsh88A pic.twitter.com/zRMDLyP7lA
— N Panagiotopoulos (@npanagioto) June 25, 2020
It is recalled that two weeks ago, Greek Army exercises were conducted near the Turkish border. The exercise, which examined procedures and techniques for conducting offensive operations by a group of Armored Materials, involved personnel and equipment from the XXI Armored Brigade.
Many Greek officials have emphasised how the Greek military will defend its sovereign borders, on land and at sea, from any Turkish aggression.
Earlier this month, the head of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros, sent a message of strength to those who seek provocations against Greece and warned that Greek soldiers will cut off the way to anyone who tries to violate Greece’s sovereign rights.
“The Greek Armed Forces are ready to fulfil their duty and carry out their mission of the Constitution from Evros to Kastellorizo if and when required,” explained Floros.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Greek military authorities reported a total of 33 violations of the country’s national airspace by nine Turkish jets in the eastern and central Aegean.
The nine aircrafts (eight F-16s and one CN-235) also violated the regulations of the Athens Flight Information Region on 12 occasions in the single day.
Fourteen of the 33 violations were overflights conducted by the Turkish F-16s above Greek islands. Four of the Turkish jets were armed, while Greek pilots engaged in two mock dogfights.