A 52-year-old man from Volos faced a serious espionage charge for filming the US warship ‘USS Arlington’ when it arrived at the city’s port to take part in the military exercises ‘Alexander the Big”.
Last Wednesday, the 52-year-old flew an unmanned aircraft from the Pefkakia area of Volos, then over and around the US warship and helicopter carrier, filming and photographing.
However, the drone was noticed by the crew and the Port Authority was immediately notified. They located the pilot and arrested him.
The 52-year-old was brought before the Volos prosecutor on Thursday, who charged him with felony espionage, was granted time by the investigator to prepare his testimony and was released on restrictive conditions.
According to his lawyer, the charge of espionage is unfounded because he was not found in possession of any other photographic material with military content. At the same time, making drone recordings is his hobby.
The USS Arlington (LPD-24), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the third United States Navy ship to be named after Arlington, Va., the location of the Pentagon and the American Airlines Flight 77 crash site during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Like her sister ships, the USS New York and the Somerset, she is named in commemoration of the attacks. Steel recovered from the Pentagon after the attacks is displayed on board in the ship’s museum.
Arlington’s keel was laid May 26, 2008, at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The shipbuilder’s trials began on August 21, 2012. They were completed on August 30, 2012.
She completed Navy acceptance sea trials on November 2, 2012. The United States Navy officially accepted the ship on December 7, 2012.
Arlington arrived at her homeport of Naval Base Norfolk, Va., March 22, 2013 in preparation for commissioning.
Officially, she was commissioned on February 8, 2013, but her commissioning ceremony took place on April 6, 2013 at Naval Station Norfolk.
Originally planned as the third ship of the San Antonio class, she was the eighth to be commissioned. Mrs. Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is the ship’s sponsor.
USS Arlington with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is participating in Exercise Alexander the Great 2022 under the command and control of Task Force 61/2.
ATG22 is a bilateral Greek-American (Hellenic) amphibious training event designed to exercise command and control at the battalion level and combined arms training at the company level to increase interoperability between states States and Greece and to demonstrate the transatlantic relationship between the US Navy-Marine Corps and Hellenic Armed Forces.
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