Athens-Washington Discuss New U.S. Army Base on Greece’s Karpathos



The F-22 Raptor

Greece and the United States are in deliberations over the establishment of a U.S. Army base on Karpathos island in the Dodecanese.

According to an ANT1 television report, discussions are at an advanced stage. The U.S. discusses the use of the island for an air base for F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft, and a defensive Patriot missile system.

The U.S. wants a larger U.S. armed forces presence in Greece due to its geopolitical significance.

The issue of Karpathos is high on the agenda in the upcoming visit of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to the U.S, and his meeting with his American counterpart, James Matisse, according to ANT1.

So far the two sides have agreed for the placement of American Drones MQ-9 Reaper at the Larissa airport. Also, U.S. F-35 fighter jets will be relocated in Volos. F-16s will be stationed in Andravida, while U.S. F-15s are at the Souda base in Crete, according to the same report.