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US pitches Greece on a frigate co-production deal
By: Valerie Insinna and David B. Larter   23 hours ago
WASHINGTON — The United States is aggressively pitching Greece to purchase four American-made frigates, and will offer to co-produce three vessels in country, the top U.S. diplomat in Greece said Thursday.

“We think the United States is going to have a very competitive product to offer there with our frigates and the unique American proposal to co-produce three of those frigates here in Greece,” said Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador to Greece, during a panel discussion hosted during the during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference.

Should Greece decide to buy frigates from the United States, the U.S. government is proposing that three of them be co-produced by American-owned Onex Shipyards, based in the Greek island of Syros.

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“We had a U.S. Navy International Programs Office team here in Athens just a few weeks ago, which had a very successful round of discussions with Onex, visiting the shipyards [and] seeing the capabilities there,” Pyatt said.

“They came away absolutely confident that if the Greek state goes with the American frigate offer, that the United States and the US Navy IPO will be positioned to implement a co-production approach to that strategically important project — a project which is important to Greece’s long term security, but also advances America’s interest in helping Greece to continue to be a strong and effective NATO partner in a geopolitically complicated neighborhood,” he said.

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This will be interesting, because Greece already has an agreement with France to built two FDI class frigates.

https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/la-grece-signe-une-lettre-dintention-pour-lacquisition-de-deux-fregates-francaises

In addition, the question which frigate class the talk about. Are the US allowed to export a Fincantieri design? Or is it again about a Freedom class-derived type, another type built by Fincantieri?

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Funny how Fincantieri and Italy, the major player in the FREMM program, have been quickly marginalized by the current state of events.
Thanks mostly to their current inept leftist government led by a former parliamentary bartender.

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If the US government wants a deal, they cannot do it without Fincantieri. All possible frigate types are built by Fincantieri.

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It is about the MMSC, a version of the Freedom class:
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/11/lockheed-martin-mmsc-to-benefit-greek-economy-and-hellenic-navy/

But there is no decision. According to the article, Greece considers these types:
Lockheed Martin with the MMSC
Naval Group with the FDI
TKMS with the MEKO A200
Damen with an unspecified design
Babcock with the Type 31

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