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Greek government plans crowdfunding for new warships

AP  |  Athens 

Greece's is appealing to his austerity-battered countryfolk for a effort to raise for new warships, promising to donate part of his own salary.

Panos Kammenos says he will open a on January 1 where members of the public can make donations "for new frigates and a flagship." 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 personnel on the occasion of Thursday's feast day of St. Nicholas, patron saint of Greek seamen and the

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

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 02:15 IST