ATHENS – “Today, Greece sends a message of power to all directions,” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said at a ceremony for the launching of the Hellenic Navy submarine Pipinos, at Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramangas.
The ceremony was attended by Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and the government Vice-President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos.
Samaras underlined that the government once again proves that it has the will and the power to safely lead the country to the post-crisis era, “in the name of a responsible national mission”.
“The money people paid has been put to good use,” he said. “The building of this ultra-modern weapons system took place in Greek shipyards, by Greek hands,” Samaras added. “It’s unimaginable for a marine superpower like our country not to have the equivalent shipbuilding infrastructure it already has.”
Commenting on the launch of the submarine, he stressed that after 12 years, the Greek people’s money has brought results. He noted that a lot of people and a lot of governments had worked in order to achieve the launch of Pipinos on Oct. 6th.
Avramopoulos stressed that the entire handling of the submarines’ case shows the importance of political agreement on national issues.
This result, he added, showed that maintaining our capacity in infrastructure and human resources should be a central pillar of our defence and development policy in the future.
“Adding the submarines to our fleet strengthens the important geopolitical role of our country in the service of peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Avramopoulos said, adding the Navy will soon acquire three more submarines.