Greece may Have Tanks On Demilitarized Islands

Greece may Have Tanks On Demilitarized Islands
Greece may Have Tanks On Demilitarized Islands

Greek media has published video and photos from military training held on Greek islands. The names of islands kept confidential.


Greece is one of the signatories of the Treaty of Lausanne. Article 13 says that Greece can not have any navy base and can not militarise Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria islands. The Treaty limits the quantity of military personnel as well. 

Greece may Have Tanks On Demilitarized Islands

According to the Greek media, the training was carried out from 17 to 21 May 2021, under the command of Supreme Military Command of the Interior and Islands (Ανώτερη Στρατιωτική Διοίκηση Εσωτερικού και Νήσων /ASDEN) units.

79th National Guard Higher Command (79 ΑΔΤΕ) is based at Samos. 

96th National Guard Higher Command (96 ΑΔΤΕ), based at Chios

98th National Guard Higher Command (98 ΑΔΤΕ), based at Lesbos.

Greece may Have Tanks On Demilitarized Islands

The Treaty article 12 also underlines the exceptions for demilitarisation. Greece keeps island names confidential to hide whether ASDEN units are breaking the Treaty and its rules.