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Greek government plans crowdfunding for new warships

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s defense minister is appealing to his austerity-battered countryfolk for a crowdfunding effort to raise money for new warships, promising to donate part of his own salary.

Panos Kammenos says he will open a bank account on Jan. 1 where members of the public can make donations “for new frigates and a flagship.”

Visitors row the Olympias, a replica of an ancient galley, at Saronic gulf in southern Athens. The 37-meter (121-foot) wooden vessel moored off southern Athens is an experimental reconstruction of the trireme, the sleek ancient Greek warship that halted a Persian invasion of Europe and ruled the Mediterranean for centuries. Every summer, visitors can get a whiff of life in the galleys 2,500 years ago by joining the crew of the Olympias, and work up a sweat rowing it. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
Greek navy offers taste of life in ancient galleys

Every summer, visitors can get a whiff of life in the galleys 2,500 years ago by joining the crew of the Olympias — and work up a sweat rowing it.

He addressed his appeal to Greece’s wealthy shipowning industry, as well as ordinary Greeks.

“I will be the first to deposit my salary in this effort,” he said, speaking to navy personnel on the occasion of Thursday’s feast day of St. Nicholas, patron saint of Greek seamen and the navy.

Kammenos said 2019 will see a general drive to upgrade the fleet, which faces strong competition from neighboring Turkey, a NATO ally and historic regional rival.

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