Aegean Naval Command

Aegean Naval Command

Naval Commands Mission

Naval Commands (NC) mission is to organize, command and control, in line with the orders and directions of Hellenic Fleet (HF), the coastal defense, sea surveillance, the sea lines of communications and transportation, the commandeering, mobilization, representation of HN, and coordination in the activities of local military, port and other state authorities for the abovementioned tasks that fall within HN’s competence; furthermore, to conduct and/or provide aid in search & rescue operations, support the naval ships in terms of port facilities and logistics, make arrangements for the security, survival, readiness and war preparation of their subordinate units aiming at the execution of HN’s tasks during both peace and war within their scope of responsibilities.

 

Historical Background

The concept of creating and maintaining Naval Commands dates back to the second decade of the 20th century; it was then when the coastal defense organization of this country was initiated.

More specifically, in 1926, by the decree-law “Regarding the Organization of the Naval Defense'', the coastline was divided in Naval Defense Areas.

In November of 1935 the Ministry of Naval Affairs issued a pertinent regulation founding the Higher Command of Coastal Defense, and setting under its command six Naval Defense Areas (NDA) as follows:

a. Western Greece (NDA 1) based in Patras.

b. Crete (NDA 2) based in Chania.

c. Southern Aegean (NDA 3) based in Piraeus.

d. Evvoia (NDA 4) based in Chalkida.

e. Northern Aegean (NDA 5) based in Salonika.

f. Eastern Islands (NDA 6) based in the island of Chios.

Right after the WWII, the abovementioned NDA were merged in three (3) Naval Commands as follows:

a. Naval Command of Southern Aegean based in Piraeus.

b. Naval Command of Northern Aegean based in Salonika.

c. Naval Command of Western Greece based in Patras.

The first postwar headquarters of Naval Command of Aegean (NCA) was located in Alexandria in accordance with the allied operation called MANNA, under the initial name Naval Command of Southern Aegean; it didn’t take long for its base to be moved onboard the armored cruiser Averof in Piraeus.

Until its final placing in its current position (Hatzikiriakion of Piraeus) in August of 1951, the NCA was provisionally based in the following ships and establishments:

a. Armored Cruiser Averof (Piraeus): 10/08/44 - 28/10/44

b. Megaron Vati, Tzelepi Piaeus: 28/10/44 - 28/01/45

c. Piraeus town hall: 25/01/45 - 15/03/49

d. Landing Ship Pinios, Piraeus: 15/03/49 - 01/08/51

 

Order of Command

 

The NCA is one of the Commands operating under the Fleet HQ and is in charge of sea surveillance and coastal defense in Aegean Sea, thus ensuring the national defense and security in its area of responsibility.

 

Collaborations & Activities

The NCA operates the mobilization framework of HN corresponding to its area of responsibility. NCA is also working in seamless collaboration with the local authorities, ensuring that the commandeering, state conscription and direction of labour, as well as the preparation of infrastructure of active and passive defense of coastline and ports is at all times ready to be implemented.

Moreover, the NCA represents the HN in all pertinent events and festivities in and around Piraeus area and makes sure that port facilities are made available to foreign naval ships berthed at the port of Piraeus.

The Commander of NCA participates without right of voting in the Administrative Board of the Naval Museum of Greece, situated in Piraeus, on behalf of the Chief of HN.

 

INDEX OF COMMANDANTS

 

Α/Α RANK NAME FROM TO
1 Captain P. KONSTAS ΗΝ 08-10-44 10-14-44
2 Captain D. GEORGOPOULOS ΗΝ 10-15-44 12-28-44
3 Commander P. DAMIRALIS ΗΝ 01-12-45 04-22-45
4 Captain S. ΚANAVARIOTIS ΗΝ 04-23-45 04-28-46
5 Captain S. LAMPRINOPOULOS ΗΝ 04-29-46 12-06-46
6 Commander Ε. ΖARPAS ΗΝ 12-07-46 02-27-47
7 Commander Ε. PAPADIAMANTOPOULOS ΗΝ 02-28-47 12-29-47
8 Captain Μ. ΜITSAKIS ΗΝ 12-30-47 10-11-49
9 Captain Α. BASILIADIS ΗΝ 10-12-49 10-04-51
10 Captain Ι. THEOFANIDIS ΗΝ 10-05-51 02-03-53
11 Captain G. ΚΑRVELIS ΗΝ 02-04-53 01-09-54
12 Captain Ch. FOUFAS ΗΝ 01-10-54 01-11-55
13 Captain Ε. ΖARPAS ΗΝ 01-12-55 04-19-55
14 Captain Α. ΤΕΤΕBILISΗΝ 04-20-55 12-21-56
15 Captain Ν. RITSOS ΗΝ 12-22-56 01-27-59
16 Captain Ε. PANAS ΗΝ 01-28-59 02-17-60
17 Captain Δ. SOUTSOS ΗΝ 02-18-60 01-31-61
18 Captain G. PAPAS ΗΝ 02-01-61 03-05-64
19 Captain Ε. DANIIL ΗΝ 03-06-64 12-03-64
20 Captain S. ΝΟΤΑRAS ΗΝ 12-04-64 07-30-67
21 Captain G. PETIΜΕΖΑΣ ΗΝ 07-31-67 01-18-68
22 Captain Α. ΙOANOU ΗΝ 01-19-68 08-13-68
23 Captain P. ΑRAPAKISΗΝ 08-14-68 12-29-68
24 Captain D. BADRAS ΗΝ 12-30-68 06-28-70
25 Commodore D. BADRAS ΗΝ 06-29-70 09-13-70
26 Captain Κ. ΤΑBAKOPOULOS ΗΝ 09-14-70 05-11-71
27 Captain D. ΑΡVANITIS ΗΝ 05-12-71 07-15-71
28 Captain P. ΚOSMETATOS – BLESSAS ΗΝ 07-16-71 07-11-72
29 Captain Ι. PAPADAKIS ΗΝ 07-12-72 10-01-72
30 Captain D. ALEXANDROU ΗΝ 10-02-72 07-19-73
31 Captain P. CHRISTODOULIDIS ΗΝ 07-20-73 06-23-74
32 Commodore P. CHRISTODOULIDIS ΗΝ 06-24-74 08-29-74
33 Captain S. ΑRGIRIOY ΗΝ 08-30-74 06-05-75
34 Captain D. ΤROUPAKIS ΗΝ 06-06-75 07-19-75
35 Commodore S. ΑRGIRIOY ΗΝ 07-20-75 08-24-75
36 Commodore P. ΚOSMETATOS – BLESSAS ΗΝ 08-25-75 06-19-77
37 Captain G. ANTONOPOULOS ΗΝ 06-20-77 01-04-78
38 Captain Ε. ΚΑRAVAS ΗΝ 01-05-78 07-11-79
39 Captain D. LEFKOS ΗΝ 07-12-79 11-02-79
40 Commodore Κ. KOUSOURIS ΗΝ 11-03-79 11-13-79
41 Commodore Ο. ΚΑPETOS ΗΝ 11-14-79 08-19-80
42 Commodore Α. GKIOKEZAS ΗΝ 08-20-80 07-02-81
43 Captain D. GENARAKIS ΗΝ 07-03-81 08-05-81
44 Commodore P. BEKIROS ΗΝ 08-06-81 03-04-82
45 Captain Α. LOGIAKIS ΗΝ 03-05-82 06-16-82
46 Commodore G. ΚΑRAMITSOS ΗΝ 06-17-82 06-29-85
47 Commodore Ι. ΣΤΑGAS ΗΝ 06-30-85 03-18-86
48 Commodore Ι. THEOFILOPOULOS ΗΝ 03-19-86 03-16-87
49 Commodore Α. VENNIS ΗΝ 03-17-87 01-11-88
50 Rear Admiral Α. VENNIS ΗΝ 01-12-88 03-13-88
51 Commodore Α. CHRISIKOPOULOS ΗΝ 03-14-88 05-07-90
52 Rear Admiral Α. CHRISIKOPOULOS ΗΝ 05-08-90 05-16-90
53 Commodore Ε. ΖΑROKOSTAS ΗΝ 05-17-90 07-08-90
54 Commodore Ν. PSIFIAS ΗΝ 07-09-90 03-02-92
55 Rear Admiral Ν. PSIFIAS ΗΝ 03-03-92 03-12-92
56 Commodore D. ΑTHANASIOU ΗΝ 03-13-92 07-13-92
57 Commodore S. SIGOUROS ΗΝ 07-14-92 03-28-93
58 Commodore Α. PHILIPOU ΗΝ 03-29-93 12-26-93
59 Captain Ι. GOULOUSIS ΗΝ 12-27-93 01-19-94
60 Commodore Α. RIZOS ΗΝ 01-20-94 03-06-94
61 Rear Admiral Α. RIZOS ΗΝ 03-07-94 03-31-94
62 Commodore D. KALERGIS ΗΝ 04-01-94 03-14-95
63 Rear Admiral D. ΚALERGIS ΗΝ 03-15-95 04-10-95
64 Commodore G. ΚΑLLIGIANNIS ΗΝ 04-11-95 03-05-96
65 Rear Admiral G. ΚΑLLIGIANNIS ΗΝ 03-06-96 03-18-96
66 Commodore Ch. KAZAZIS ΗΝ 03-19-96 03-03-97
67 Rear Admiral Ch. ΚΑΖΑΖIS ΗΝ 03-04-97 03-20-97
68 Commodore Ν. ΤΟΤΟΣ ΗΝ 03-21-97 03-03-98
69 Rear Admiral Ν. ΤΟΤΟΣ ΗΝ 03-04-98 03-09-98
70 Rear Admiral D. ΚΑΝΕLLΑΚIS ΗΝ 03-10-98 03-21-99
71 Commodore Κ. ΝΙΚIΤΙΑDIS ΗΝ 03-22-99 02-21-01
72 Rear Admiral Κ. ΝΙΚIΤΙΑDIS ΗΝ 02-22-01 03-15-01
73 Commodore Ι. GOULOUSIS ΗΝ 03-16-01 03-31-02
74 Rear Admiral Ι. GOULOUSIS ΗΝ 04-01-02 03-14-02
75 Commodore G. PΑΝΑGΙOΤΑΚΟPΟULΟS ΗΝ 03-15-02 03-06-03
76 Rear Admiral G. PΑΝΑGΙOΤΑΚΟPΟULΟS ΗΝ 03-07-03 03-26-03
77 Commodore P.ΚIRITSIS-SPIROMILIOS ΗΝ 03-27-03 02-28-05
78 Rear Admiral P.ΚIRITSIS-SPIROMILIOS ΗΝ 03-01-05 03-09-05
79 Commodore S. ΚΟΥVARIS ΗΝ 03-10-05 03-17-08
80 Commodore D. PALIATSOS ΗΝ 03-18-08 03-20-09
81 Commodore E. DIMITROPOULOS ΗΝ 03-21-09 03-17-10
82 Commodore Α. PAPAΙOΑΝΝΟΥ ΗΝ 03-18-10 07-09-10
83 Commodore P. LITSAS ΗΝ 07-10-10 03-08-11
84 Rear Admiral P. LITSAS ΗΝ 03-09-11 03-14-11
85 Commodore S. DIMITRIOY ΗΝ 03-15-11 09-06-12
86 Commodore Ι. ΜΑΙSTROS ΗΝ 09-07-12 04-14-13
87 Commodore Ν. LΕΜΟΝIS ΗΝ 04-15-13 03-09-15
88 Commodore P.ΝΑSOPOULOS ΗΝ 03-10-15 03-28-16
89 Commodore G.ΑGRAFIOTIS ΗΝ 03-28-16
Aegean Naval Command
Commodore of Aegean Naval Command