Hellenic Air Force
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Hellenic Armed Forces
The Hellenic Armed Forces (Greek: Eλληνικές Ένοπλες Δυνάμεις, Ellinikés Énoples Dynámis) are the combined ground, naval and air forces of Greece. They consist of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, the Hellenic Army, the Hellenic Navy, and the Hellenic Air Force.The civilian authority overseeing the Hellenic Armed Forces is the Ministry of National Defense. The Armed Forces are active members of NATO, the Eurocorps, the European Union Battlegroups, and also provide peace keeping troops to the United Nations.
Greece currently has universal compulsory military service for males from and over 18 years of age. Under Greek law, all men over 18 years of age must serve in the Armed Forces for a period of 9 months. Women can serve in the Greek military on a voluntary basis, but cannot be conscripted.
According to NATO sources in 1996, Greece spent 6% of GDP on its military, which translated to approximately €35.584 billion (US $40.254 billion). In 1996, Greece was the largest importer of conventional weapons in Europe and its military spending was the highest in the European Union relative to the country’s GDP, reaching twice the European average.
The basic components of the Hellenic Army are Arms and Corps. The former is responsible for combat missions and the latter for logistical support. It is organized in Commands, Formations, and Units with the main being brigade, division and corps. Its main mission is to guarantee the territorial integrity and independence of the country.
The Hellenic Navy incorporates a modern fleet consisting of strike units, such as frigates, gunboats, submarines and fast attack guided missile vessels and multiple types of support vessels, in order to be able to conduct naval operations that protect Greek national interests and guarantee the integrity of Greek territorial waters, the mainland and the islands, there are six area commands:
Hellenic Navy General Staff Headquarters, Fleet Headquarters, Athens
Aegean Sea Naval Command, Piraeus
Ionian Sea Naval Command, Patras
Northern Greece Naval Command, Naval Training Command, Logistics Command, Navy Aviation Command, Thessaloniki
Crete Naval Base, Souda Bay
Salamis Naval Base, Salamis Island
As of 1996, the Fleet has a strength of 40,000 personnel.
Hellenic Air Force
The Hellenic Air Force incorporates a modern aircraft fleet and congruent structure, combined with a comprehensive air defense system that consists of a widespread network of anti-aircraft weapons. The structure, which is overseen by the Air Force General Staff, includes the Tactical Air Force Command, the Air Force Support Command, the Air Force Training Command and a number of other independent defense units and services. Its’ main mission is to defend Greek airspace and to provide combat support to the Hellenic Army and the Hellenic Navy.
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