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Burgeoning ties between Greece and Israel extend to shipbuilding

20th July 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Joe Charlaff in Jerusalem


Greece could receive a new class of vessel based on an Israeli design, as a partial solution to replace the nine Elli-class frigates in service with the Hellenic Navy.

Onex Neorion Shipyards (a subsidiary of US-based Onex) and Israel Shipyards signed a strategic partnership last month to explore potential co-development of the Themistocles corvette. 

This vessel will be 72m long with a top speed of more than 30kt and displacement of about 800t, to perform maritime patrol missions and protect the Greek EEZ.

The agreement mentions that the Themistocles vessels would be built solely in Greece, potentially using the …

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