Over the next 10–20 years, my main strategic goal is to set the foundation to operate a navy with the best-trained personnel and with sophisticated, agile, fully operational, and effective assets. We must stand ready to respond to a rapidly changing security environment and to issues regarding, among others, energy exploration and freedom of navigation. To achieve that, we must now invest wisely in both human and material resources. Making the correct choices today, with regard to the technologies that must be acquired and mastered in the next decade, is of vital importance and entails a multitude of decisions.
Further, an enduring goal remains being able to attract the right people and train them properly to maintain a highly capable and proficient naval force—a precondition for harvesting the fruits of peace and stability. We must make certain that the heavily burdened taxpayer believes that his contribution to our budget is providing the necessary returns.
Our navy has a storied heritage and has always been at the heart of Hellenic culture. Times may change, but values and principles remain. So, it is our sacred mission to ensure that we will maintain and deliver a naval force equivalent to its predecessors, projecting naval power and contining to be a major part of our national identity.