A Greek pilot from Crete island in Greece has been awarded ‘NATO’s Best Warrior’ for 2020, bringing the prestigious award to the Greek Air Force for a second consecutive year.
Anastasios Andronikakis, a member of Greece’s famed 340 “Fox” Squadron, was voted the person they would most trust to lead them into combat by his NATO colleagues who took part in the latest TLP air training series.
The historical “Fox” Squadron, which was formed in 1953, is based in Crete’s Souda Bay military base.
This is the second year in a row that a Greek Air Force pilot has received the honour, which is awarded at the end of the annual multinational Tactical Leadership Program held at Los Llanos Air Base in Albacete, Spain.
Flight Lieutenant Vassilis Kontopoulos of the 337 Squadron of the 110th Wing Battalion in Larissa was named NATO’s Best Warrior for the year 2019.
Greece has a total aircraft strength of 566 aircraft systems ranking it 20 out of 137 countries, 187 Fighters (ranked 16 of 137), 187 Attack systems (ranked 15 of 137) and 19 transports – fixed wing tactical/strategic aircraft (ranked 37 of 137).