DefenceNet reports that the three Type 214 submarines built in Greece will start sea trials as soon as possible, in order to pave the way for their acceptance with the Hellenic Navy. Also, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the Skaramanga Shipyards. The two sides have decided that the various proposals for the future of the shipyards will be evaluated by a third party and until then the shipyards will function as normal. Minister of Defence Venizelos made the following statement:
“During today’s meeting (with the Chief Executive of TKMS) a general framework was developed to complete on what was agreed with regards to the submarines and to find a viable solution for the Skaramanga Shipyards.
The German side assumed the obligation to find and suggest responsible and trustworthy solutions ffor the shipyards, solutions with financial and business depth. This way a list will be made of proposals which will be evaluated by an international third party company to be chosen by the Greek government.
In the mean time the functioning of the shipyards will continue normally and trials of the 3 new submarines will begin as soon as possible.
The aim of the government is to complete the submarine programmes as smoothly and quickly as possible and to find the most reliable solution for the future of the shipyards.
In the meanwhile the Thyssen Group as well as the Greek Government will act in good faith to achieve this common goal."