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Defence Minister denies problems with 'Papanikolis' submarine

Δημοσίευση 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:13 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Defence Minister denies problems  with 'Papanikolis' submarine
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Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Tuesday dismissed an article posted on a website that questioned the adequacy of the submarine "Papanikolis", referring to it as "rubbish" during his address to Parliament's Armament and Contracts Special Committee.

Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Tuesday dismissed an article posted on a website that questioned the adequacy of the submarine "Papanikolis", referring to it as "rubbish" during his address to Parliament's Armament and Contracts Special Committee.

Venizelos stressed that the government will not succumb to what he called a "blackmailing system" and will initiate all the legal and necessary remedies.

Concerning the 'Papanikolis' he said that the vessel was fully equipped and a "jewel" for the Greek navy, asserting that the articles in question aimed to undermine the submarine's prestige.

Regarding the technical problems that arose during the vessel's maiden voyage from the shipyards in Norway to Greece, Venizelos described them as a "childhood illnesses" and underlined that the vessel was under a guarantee. He called the members of the committee to attend the submarine's reception ceremony and a briefing by the captain on the vessel's technical capacity and on the adverse weather conditions they faced during their journey.

"We have a solid and trustworthy ship to show," he emphasised, pointing out that a delegation from the United Arab Emirates has been invited to the ceremony to be shown the submarine. "We would not have invited our future clients if we had the slightest doubt on the submarine's reliability," he stressed.

Navy welcomes submarine 'Papanikolis'

The Greek Navy welcomed the submarine "Papanikolis" during a special event held at the Salamina naval base on Tuesday, in the presence of the Defence ministry's leadership.

Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos reiterated that the Navy is requesting that the "Papanikolis" remain in the fleet's force, also stressing that the agreement for the new frigates will not be organised with terms that will be inferior to the agreement for the submarines.

Addressing the new submarine's captain and crew, the minister expressed his satisfaction over the successful outcome of their mission and called on the Navy's leadership to have this mentioned in their individual files.