Athens, Greece—The Greek Navy SEALs are having an early Christmas. The US Navy just transferred four Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to its Hellenic counterpart. The RHIBs will be issued to the Hellenic Navy’s Underwater Demolition Command (DYK).  DYK will utilize them according to operational needs.

“It was in the best interest of the United States to EDA grant these boats to the Hellenic Navy,” said Commander Matt Zublic, USN.

Wait, EDA, what’s that?

An Excess Defense Article (EDA) is how countries with poor economies get stuff from the United States.  EDA is a program of the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) of 1961.  Two other programs, the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF), form the rest of the FAA. In plain English, when a branch of the US military deems an old piece of hardware as nonessential, it puts it up for auction–and then the fun begins.  Allied and friendly nations file requests and vie for ownership.  When the State Department decides who gets the materiel, it transfers it either at a reduced price or free in the form of a grant.