Italy Proposes FREMM Frigates to Greece

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Italy Proposes FREMM Frigates to Greece
According to Greek publication Kathimerini, Greece is considering to acquire FREMM multi-mission frigates designed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine and French and Naval Group (formerly known as Direction des Constructions Navales or DCNS)

TheFREMM("European multi-purpose frigate"; French:Frégate européenne multi-mission; Italian:Fregata europea multi-missione) is a class of multi-purposefrigates.

Italy possesses eight FREMM units and considers the backbone of the Navy.

It is understood that the proposal includes the provision to Greece of two intermediate solution ships, possibly FREMM or Maestrale-class frigates.

Italy has sold two second-hand FREMM vessels (Spartaco Schergat and Emilio Bianchi) to Egypt to replace them by 2024. FREMM will replace the Maestrale and Lupo-class frigates in service with the Italian Navy. Italy may build two new FREMM to replace those that will be sold to Greece.

A Complex history of FREMM

On 22 January 2009, the Hellenic Navy announced six FREMM to replace an equal number of Elli-class frigates. After the Greek government-debt crisis, this was cut down to between two and four ships equipped with SCALP Naval, with France alleged to have offered them to Greece at no cost for the first five years. Germany objected to this deal in October 2011, and no agreement has been signed. There have been many up contradicting decisions between France and Greece since then. Greece was last time interested in new FDI Belharra multi-purpose frigates, offered by Naval Group.

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