Historically, the Hellenic Armed forces have stood side by side with U.S. Armed Forces whenever the need arose.
Every year on November 21, Greece celebrates Armed Forces Day, honoring members of the military and expressing their appreciation for their unwavering dedication to defending the country and its people. With Greece being a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Hellenic Armed Forces also help secure stability in the broader region and beyond, in cooperation with allies and partners.
Historically, the Hellenic Armed forces have stood side by side with U.S. Armed Forces whenever the need arose, while their strength and high operational capabilities have contributed consistently to NATO’s Southern Flank since 1952. In times of peace, they also offer important services in such sectors as public health, rescue operations, and natural disasters. In accordance with the ancient Greek dictum “Αμύνεσθαι Περί Πάτρης” (Defend the Homeland), the Hellenic Armed Forces are always prepared to defend the just causes of Greece, its territorial integrity, and safeguarding peace.
As staunch NATO allies and strategic defense partners, the Armed Forces of Greece and the US regularly perform joint military exercises and training activities in Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader region, in order to enhance their effectiveness and defend their shared values and common goals. On a bilateral level, the defense and military cooperation of the two nations stands at its highest level ever, solidified by the recently signed Second Protocol of Amendment of MDCA, on October 14, 2021, in Washington, DC.