In an era of significant geopolitical developments and economic austerity, we are implementing all the required organizational changes to adapt to these new conditions. For example, we are moving toward a new flexible, leaner, and more affordable command structure, focusing on better command-and-control capabilities at the operational level. My goal is a Hellenic Navy where quality prevails over quantity, while taking “critical mass” and “sufficient reserves” into consideration in the national defence planning process. Additionally, turning our human resources into a credible force multiplier remains one of our highest priorities.
The new maritime-security environment calls for better maritime situational awareness. Wide-scale maritime surveillance cannot be achieved if credible multilateral networks are not developed and new intelligence-sharing protocols are not enforced. In that context, Greece supports the development of all relevant EU initiatives—like the Common Information Sharing Environment and Maritime Surveillance—and the introduction of a new C2 structure in NATO, within the framework of the organization’s “Smart Defence” initiative.
Furthermore, the fragmentation of maritime regimes calls for a holistic approach; the development of synergies between military, law enforcement, and civilian institutions; and above all the joint effort of allies and partners. In that context, we look forward to enhancing our cooperation with navies that may offer added value to security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond.
The Hellenic Navy senses the current and future needs, respects its traditional role, and makes the necessary adaptations, ensuring that it remains a credible maritime actor, preserving security and stability in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.