On Wednesday, 05 December 2018, the Deputy Minister of National Defence Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha, in the context of the celebration of Saint Nicholas’ Feast, patron saint of the Navy, visited NATO Missile Firing Installation in Crete, the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre and the Naval Base in Crete.
The Deputy Minister of National Defence was accompanied by the Chief of Hellenic Army General Staff Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis and the Chief of Hellenic Navy General Staff Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis HN.
The Deputy Minister of National Defence arrived at the NATO Missile Firing Installation in Crete and she was informed on its special mission and multinational importance.
The DEPUTY MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE addressed the Unit’s members and stated:
“I am proud to be here with you today, in a multinational training center, which greatly contributes to the deterrent power of our Armed Forces. I am certain that through your experience, training and professionalism, safe conditions are provided regarding the execution of your mission, under circumstances that are similar to those of a real combat”.
The next stop of the Deputy Defence Minister’s visit was the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre, where she was informed in detail on its very important training task; after that, a detachment paid her honours.
Afterwards, the Deputy Defence Minister visited the Naval Base Headquarters in Crete; there, she was informed in detail on its operation and tasks and she attended a demonstration in the facilities. Finally, she had a tour in the Naval Base Museum.
The Deputy Defence Minister addressed the Naval Base personnel in Crete and stated:
“I am deeply honoured to be here, in one of the most important pillars of our Naval Force. The Naval Base in Crete imposes and supports our weapon supremacy in the South-eastern Mediterranean and projects our country, as the most important pillar of the political and state stability in the wider area of the Balkans and the South-eastern Mediterranean. The high level of services that you provide regarding repairs, supplies and logistics is recognised worldwide”.
The Deputy Defence Minister, being committed to the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel, visited the Naval Hospital in Crete and she was informed on its current issues.
In the context of her visits, the Deputy Defence Minister Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha visited the 5th Infantry Brigade in Chania, was informed on the Formation’s issues and addressed the personnel.