Epameinondas Kavvadias

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Epameinondas Kavvadias (Greek: Επαμεινώνδας Καββαδίας, 1886–1965) was a Greek admiral who served thrice as Chief of the Navy General Staff and led the Greek fleet in the first years of World War II.

Life[edit]

Born in Athens in 1886 to a family hailing from Cephalonia, Kavvadias entered the Hellenic Naval Academy in 1902 and graduated in 1906, and served in the Royal Hellenic Navy in the Balkan Wars as a Sub-lieutenant in the destroyer Nafkratousa. During the Asia Minor Campaign, he commanded the destroyers Thyella and Niki. He was dismissed from the Navy in 1922, dollowing the September 1922 Revolution, due to his royalist convictions, but reinstated by the Theodoros Pangalos dictatorship in 1925.

As Captain, he served his first tenure as Chief of the Navy General Staff in 1933–1934. In 1935 he was appointed to the post of Commander of the submarine fleet, and served again for a short period at the head of the Navy General Staff in December 1936 – January 1937. He subsequently served as Chief of the Royal Naval Base at Salamis until 1939, including another short term at the head of the General Staff in August–September 1938. Promoted to Rear Admiral in the meantime, in September 1939 he was appointed Chief of the Fleet Command. He led the operations of the Greek fleet during the Greco-Italian War of 1940–1941, and following the German invasion of Greece in April 1941, led the fleet to its exile in the British-held Middle East. He remained Chief of the Fleet until 2 May 1942, when he was appointed Vice Mnister of Naval Affairs in the Greek government in exile, a post he held until 25 March 1943. In 1946, he was sent to London as naval attache. In 1950, he published his war memoirs under the title The naval war of 1940 as I experienced it ("Ο ναυτικός πόλεμος του 1940 όπως τον έζησα"). He died in Athens in 1965.

Honours[edit]

Among other Greek and foreign medals, Kavvadias received:

He was also named honorary aide de camp to then-Crown Prince Paul in 1942, and Honorary Chief of the Fleet in 1963.

Sources[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Alexandros Sakellariou
Chief of the Navy General Staff
13 August – 17 September 1938
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Alexandros Sakellariou
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Dimitrios Oikonomou
Chief of the Navy General Staff
19 December 1936 – 12 January 1937
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Alexandros Sakellariou
Preceded by
Rear Admiral P. Dimoulis
Chief of the Navy General Staff
23 August 1933 – 17 July 1934
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral P. Dimoulis