Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff

The Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff (Greek: Αρχηγός του Γενικού Επιτελείου Ναυτικού, abbrev. Α/ΓΕΝ) is the head of the Hellenic Navy General Staff and commander of the Hellenic Navy. The position is customarily held by a three-star flag officer (Vice Admiral). As part of Greece's membership in NATO, from 1967 until 1999 the Chief of the HNGS was also commander of NATO's COMEDEAST.

Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff
Αρχηγός του Γενικού Επιτελείου Ναυτικού
Hellenic Navy Seal
Hellenic Navy Coat of Arms
Incumbent
Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis

since 16 January 2017
Hellenic Navy General Staff
AbbreviationΑ/ΓΕΝ
Member of Hellenic Navy
Reports to Chief of the National Defence General Staff
SeatHellenic National Defence General Staff
Formation13 December 1907
First holderGeorgios A. Kountouriotis

List of chiefs

Kingdom of Greece

Chief of the Navy General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Georgios A. Kountouriotis [el]
Captain
Georgios A. Kountouriotis
(1851–1908)
13 December 1907[1]10 July 1908210 days
2
Alexandros Sachtouris [el]
Rear Admiral
Alexandros Sachtouris
(1851–1926)
10 July 19083 August 19113 years, 24 days
3
Petros Ginis [el]
Captain
Petros Ginis
(1861–1935)
[a]
07 January 191115 April 19121 year, 99 days
4
Pavlos Kountouriotis
Rear Admiral
Pavlos Kountouriotis
(1855–1935)
[b]
16 April 191216 September 1912153 days
5
Matthaios Matthaiopoulos [el]
Captain
Matthaios Matthaiopoulos
(1870–1921)
16 September 19127 April 19141 year, 203 days
6
Dimitrios Papachristos
Rear Admiral
Dimitrios Papachristos
(1867–1949)
[c]
14 April 191416 June 191463 days
7
Sofoklis Dousmanis
Rear Admiral
Sofoklis Dousmanis
(1868–1952)
[d]
19 June 191414 June 19172 years, 360 days
8
Georgios Kakoulidis [el]
Captain
Georgios Kakoulidis
(1871–1946)
[e]
22 June 191718 December 1917179 days
(6)
Dimitrios Papachristos
Rear Admiral
Dimitrios Papachristos
(1867–1949)
18 December 191722 June 19202 years, 187 days
9
Ioannis Ipitis [el]
Rear Admiral
Ioannis Ipitis
(1867–1956)
[f]
9 November 192026 April 1921168 days
10
Konstantinos Malikopoulos
Rear Admiral
Konstantinos Malikopoulos
(1872–1945)
29 April 192115 December 1921230 days
(7)
Sofoklis Dousmanis
Rear Admiral
Sofoklis Dousmanis
(1868–1952)
15 December 192112 October 1922301 days
11
Agisilaos Gerontas [el]
Captain
Agisilaos Gerontas
(1873–1962)
12 October 192211 March 19241 year, 151 days
12
Anastasios Gonatas
Captain
Anastasios Gonatas
(1877–1957)
11 March 192424 March 192413 days

Second Hellenic Republic

Chief of the Navy General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
13
Vikentios Loprestis [el]
Rear Admiral
Vikentios Loprestis
(1872–1953)
24 March 19248 July 19251 year, 106 days
(12)
Anastasios Gonatas
Captain
Anastasios Gonatas
(1877–1957)
8 July 192527 February 1926234 days
14
Christos Louis
Captain
Christos Louis
(1877–1957)
[g]
27 February 19267 July 1926130 days
15
Ioannis Demestichas
Captain
Ioannis Demestichas
(1882–1960)
[h]
7 July 19263 October 192688 days
(14)
Christos Louis
Captain
Christos Louis
(1877–1957)
3 October 19261 December 192659 days
(15)
Ioannis Demestichas
Captain
Ioannis Demestichas
(1882–1960)
1 December 192617 February 192778 days
16
Konstantinos Typaldos-Alfonsatos
Rear Admiral
Konstantinos Typaldos-Alfonsatos
(1873–1945)
[i]
17 February 192715 July 1927148 days
(10)
Konstantinos Malikopoulos
Rear Admiral
Konstantinos Malikopoulos
(1872–1945)
15 July 19277 December 19281 year, 145 days
17
Georgios Panas
Rear Admiral
Georgios Panas
(1876–1939)
7 December 192818 February 19312 years, 73 days
(14)
Christos Louis
Captain
Christos Louis
(1877–1957)
18 February 19317 December 1931292 days
18
Periklis Dimoulis
Rear Admiral
Periklis Dimoulis
(1880–1945)
7 December 193110 December 19321 year, 3 days
(15)
Ioannis Demestichas
Captain
Ioannis Demestichas
(1882–1960)
10 December 19326 March 193386 days
(14)
Christos Louis
Captain
Christos Louis
(1877–1957)
6 March 19339 March 19333 days
(18)
Periklis Dimoulis
Rear Admiral
Periklis Dimoulis
(1880–1945)
9 March 193317 August 1933161 days
19
Epameinondas Kavvadias
Captain
Epameinondas Kavvadias
(1886–1965)
[j]
23 August 193317 July 1934328 days
(18)
Periklis Dimoulis
Rear Admiral
Periklis Dimoulis
(1880–1945)
17 July 19343 March 1935229 days
20
Dimitrios Oikonomou
Vice Admiral
Dimitrios Oikonomou
(1883–1957)
3 March 193519 December 19361 year, 291 days

Kingdom of Greece

# Name Image Rank From To Notes on term and later career
32. Epameinondas Kavvadias Captain 19.12.1936 12.01.1937 2nd term
33. Alexandros Sakellariou Alexandros Sakellariou Rear Admiral 12.01.1937 13.08.1938 1st term; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Naval Affairs in the Greek government in exile (1941–42), Commander's Cross of the Cross of Valour (1947), Minister for Supply (1947), Minister for Naval Affairs (1947–48), Minister for National Defence (1951–52)
34. Epameinondas Kavvadias Rear Admiral 13.08.1938 17.09.1938 3rd term
35. Alexandros Sakellariou Alexandros Sakellariou Rear Admiral 17.09.1938 20.04.1941 2nd term
36. Haralambos Delagrammatikas Rear Admiral 26.04.1941 30.04.1941
37. Petros Voulgaris Vice Admiral 03.09.1944 11.04.1945 Prime Minister of Greece and Minister for Aviation, Naval Affairs, Interior, and Foreign Affairs (1945), Commander's Cross of the Cross of Valour (1947)
38. Grigorios Mezeviris Vice Admiral 11.04.1945 14.10.1946 1st term
39. Alfredos Leontopoulos Rear Admiral 14.10.1946 02.02.1947
40. Grigorios Mezeviris Vice Admiral 02.02.1947 20.09.1947 2nd term
41. Periklis Antonopoulos Vice Admiral 20.09.1947 17.11.1951
42 Panagiotis Konstas Rear Admiral 17.11.1951 06.09.1952
43 Pyrros Lappas Vice Admiral 06.09.1952 13.09.1958
44 Konstantinos Tsatsos Vice Admiral 13.09.1958 04.12.1959
45. Georgios Panagiotopoulos Vice Admiral 4.12.1959 27.11.1961
46. Dimitrios Kiosses Vice Admiral 27.11.1961 12.12.1963
47. Spyridon Avgeris Vice Admiral 12.12.1963 30.03.1967 Promoted to Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (1967)
48. Konstantinos Engolfopoulos Vice Admiral 30.03.1967 24.04.1967 1st term, dismissed following the establishment of the Regime of the Colonels; Minister for Mercantile Marine (1974)
49. Ippokratis Dedes Vice Admiral 24.04.1967 13.12.1967 Appointed by the Regime of the Colonels, dismissed following the failure of the counter-coup of King Constantine II
50. Stavros Pervainas Vice Admiral 13.12.1967 18.12.1968 Appointed by the Regime of the Colonels
51. Konstantinos Margaritis Vice Admiral 18.12.1968 01.06.1973 Appointed by the Regime of the Colonels
52. Petros Arapakis Vice Admiral 01.06.1973 08.01.1975 Appointed by the Regime of the Colonels

Third Hellenic Republic

# Name Image Rank From To Notes on term and later career
52. Petros Arapakis Vice Admiral 01.06.1973 08.01.1975 Retained after the Metapolitefsi
53. Konstantinos Engolfopoulos Vice Admiral 08.01.1975 08.01.1976 2nd term
54. Spyridon Mourkis Vice Admiral 08.01.1976 16.09.1976
55. Spyridon Konofaos Vice Admiral 16.09.1976 05.01.1982
56. Odysseas Kapetos Vice Admiral 05.01.1982 23.03.1982
57. Nikolaos Pappas Vice Admiral 23.03.1982 22.12.1986 Minister for Mercantile Marine (1989–90)
58. Leonidas Vasilikopoulos Vice Admiral 22.12.1986 17.07.1989 Director of the National Intelligence Service (1993–1996)
59. Evangelos Lagaras Vice Admiral 17.07.1989 28.02.1992
60. Iraklis Drikos Vice Admiral 28.02.1992 17.12.1993
61. Ioannis Stagas Vice Admiral 17.12.1993 16.02.1996
62. Leonidas Paliogiorgos Vice Admiral 16.02.1996 16.02.1998
63. Georgios Ioannidis Vice Admiral 16.02.1998 15.02.2001
64. Georgios Theodoroulakis Vice Admiral 16.02.2001 05.03.2002
65. Antonis Antoniadis Vice Admiral 05.03.2002 15.02.2005
66. Dimitrios Gousis Vice Admiral 15.02.2005 5.02.2008
67. Georgios Karamalikis Vice Adm. George Karamalikis & Rear Adm. John Richardson Vice Admiral 05.02.2008 17.02.2010
68. Dimitrios Elefsiniotis Vice Admiral 17.02.2010 01.11.2011
69. Kosmas Christidis Vice Admiral 01.11.2011 07.03.2013
70. Evangelos Apostolakis Hellenic Naval Base Headquarters visit 141023-N-JE719-269 Vice Admiral 07.03.2013 16.09.2015 Promoted to Admiral and Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (since 2015)
71. Georgios Giakoumakis Georgios Giakoumakis Vice Admiral 16.09.2015 16.01.2017
72. Nikolaos Tsounis Vice Admiral 16.01.2017 incumbent

Notes

  1. ^ MP for Spetses (1910, 1915), Senator (1932–33)
  2. ^ Commander of the Aegean Fleet during the Balkan Wars (1912–13), Commander's Cross of the Cross of Valour (1914), Member of the "Triumvirate of National Defence" (1916–17), Regent (1920), First President of the Second Hellenic Republic (1924–29)
  3. ^ Senator (1929–35)
  4. ^ Minister for Naval Affairs (1935)
  5. ^ MP and Senator, Governor-General of Thrace
  6. ^ Vice-Minister for Naval Affairs (1950)
  7. ^ Minister for Communications (1945)
  8. ^ 1st term; Minister for Aviation and Naval Affairs (1933), Minister for the Interior, Education, and Mercantile Marine (1944)
  9. ^ Minister for Naval Affairs (1922)
  10. ^ Fleet Commander (1941–42), Vice-Minister for Naval Affairs (1942–43), Commander's Cross of the Cross of Valour (1947)

References

  1. ^ Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.

Sources

  • "Διατελέσαντες Αρχηγοί ΓΕΝ" (in Greek). Hellenic Navy. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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