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Monada Ypovrixion Kastrofon

Monada Ypovrixion Kastrofon ( meaning Underwater Destruction Unit ) is the Greek Navy's special warfare unit. MYK is divided into four detachments, or OYKs ( Omada Ymourhon Katastophan ). MYK has four main missions:

  • Infiltration and sabotage of enemy shipping and bases
  • Reconnaissance and pre-landing beach clearance an designation
  • Ordinance disposal
  • Maritime Counter-Terrorism
  • Created in 1957, MYK's initial cadre consisted of two naval officers. The men were sent to Little Creek Amphibious Base near Norfolk, Virginia; where both men undertook the US Navy UDT/R training (the forerunner to today's BUD/S course). Upon completion of training, the two men returned home and trained an additional dozen men. This group was assigned to the Greek Navy's amphibious operations command.

    In 1959 the unit established its own headquarters and training facilities at Squaramanga Naval Base, but additional training was provided my detachments of USN SEALS personnel. In 1970 the unit underwent a reorganization and is currently composed of 110 men divided into four operational detachments and a headquarters unit. Each Det is composed of 25 men and specializes in a certain type of mission:

  • OYK1- unconventional warfare/ intelligence missions
  • OYK2- unconventional warfare/ intelligence missions
  • OYK3- beach recon and hydrographic survey
  • OYK4- conducts EOD operations

    There is also a reserve OYK called OYK5 that would be activated during wartime.

    The MYK training course lasts approximately seven months. Training is divided into three phases, with the completion of the course consisting of a five day long "hell week". Candidates who successfully complete the course go on to attend the Greek Airborne course before being assigned to their unit.

    During the Gulf War, two OYKs tasked with enforcing the UN embargo against Irag managed to board and search an astounding 217 ships. They are armed with M-16A2 and MP-11 assault rifles, the MP-5 submachine gun, and the MG-3 7.62 light machine gun.