Greek Navy chief Vice-Admiral Stylianos Petrakis visited Naval Group's Lorient shipyards in France on Friday where the Hellenic Navy's new frigates are being built.
Lorient shipyards are building the first of the frigates FDI HN (Belharra) Greece has signed for, and Petrakis saw the first section placed in Naval Group's dry dock, in the first major step of assembling the ship.
"Today is a major step toward the new digital era we have planned for the Hellenic Navy," he said, while the navies of Greece and France collaborate to promote peace and security, along the guidelines of the European Union and NATO.
Vice-admiral Petrakis said the program is on schedule, "which confirms the decisions were right and the planning and implementation of a complex and very demanding program was comprehensive." The Greek navy's FDI program signals Greece's and France's commitment to stand in solidarity for each other before any threats, and establishes the "European defense of the future," he added.