By Tasos Kokkinidis -May 17, 2019
Seventy OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters and one CH – 47 Chinook helicopter have arrived in Greece from the US, in the context of agreements which have been signed by the two countries.
The helicopters were unloaded at the port of Volos on Thursday and subsequently flown by mixed US and Greek crews to the Hellenic Army Aviation air base at Stefanovikio, where, according to the latest information, the training of their crews will begin immediately.
The chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, Lieutenant General Georgios Kambas, accompanied by Army Aviation Director Major General Christos Iliopoulos, visited the area to oversee the process.
According to an army announcement made on Friday, the “air assets have been characterized as immediately usable and are expected to become fully operational soon.”
The ceremony to officially incorporate the helicopters into the Greek Army Aviation force is expected to be held in mid-June.