Greece, US hold live-fire drill after major base deal
At the foot of Mount Olympus, army aviation forces from Greece and the United States are taking part in a live-fire exercise with attack helicopters, marking deepening defense ties between the two countries.
Greece is ramping up military cooperation — and procurements — from allies France and the US, wary of worsening relations with neighbor Turkey over disputed sea and air space boundaries and drilling rights in the East Mediterranean.
Wednesday's training exercise, watched by the Greek army chief and the US ambassador to Greece, was held three weeks after the two countries finalized a landmark defense agreement giving American forces expanded access to Greek military bases.
After a financial crisis that lasted nearly a decade, the Greek military is upgrading its F-16 fighter fleet and modernizing its navy, while seeking stronger military ties with traditional...