Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Visits Souda Bay, Crete, Greece
From U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Public Affairs
29 September 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent time with the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay team Sept. 29 as part of his visit to Crete, Greece, where he met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
Capt. Rafael C. Facundo, commanding officer, NSA Souda Bay, briefed Pompeo on the installation's strategic mission and ongoing projects. NSA Souda Bay serves as the premier intermodal logistics hub for the Fleet and the Joint Force by providing 24/7 access to a major airport, protected deep water pier facility, and fuel and supplies from a strategically important location.
Pompeo visited NSA Souda Bay's facilities, which are hosted on board the Hellenic Air Force 115th Combat Air Wing military base. He also traveled to the Marathi NATO Pier Facility where he toured a Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft Medium boat and the Hellenic Navy Frigate H.S. Salamis (F-445).
"Today, I am in Crete to showcase one of America's strongest military relationships throughout all of Europe," said Pompeo during a press briefing. "We, the Americans, look to Greece for a true pillar of stability and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean and we are incredibly proud to support its leadership."
According to the U.S. State Department, Secretary Pompeo's visit renewed the shared commitment to advance security, peace, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean and celebrate the strongest U.S.-Greek relationship in decades.
"I think it is very safe to say that the relationship between our two countries is at an all-time high, it is getting stronger," said Pompeo.
NSA Souda Bay is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed and when they are needed to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.
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