Evangelos Apostolakis

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Evangelos Apostolakis
Evangelos Apostolakis in 2018.jpg
Admiral Apostolakis in 2018
Minister of National Defence
Assumed office
15 January 2019
PresidentProkopis Pavlopoulos
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Preceded byPanos Kammenos
Personal details
Rethymno, Crete
Military service
AllegianceGreece Greece
Branch/service Hellenic Navy
Years of service1976−2019
RankGR-Navy-OF9.svg Admiral
CommandsChief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff
Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff
Commander of the Underwater Demolition Command (DYK)

Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis (Greek: Ευάγγελος Αποστολάκης) is a Greek naval officer. In 2015–2019 he served as the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff. Since 14 January 2019, he is the Minister of National Defence of Greece.


He was born in Rethymno in 1957, entered the Hellenic Navy Academy in 1976 and graduated in 1980 as a Line Ensign.[1] He has served in a succession of command and staff positions aboard ships, and senior staff positions in the Hellenic Navy and NATO, as well as completing the Underwater Demolition School of the Hellenic Navy's elite Underwater Demolition Command (DYK), which he later commanded, the Advanced Mine Warfare School in Belgium and the US Amphibious Warfare School.[1]

On 7 March 2013, the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) appointed him to the post of Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff.[1] On 20 August 2015, KYSEA selected him as the successor of General Michail Kostarakos as Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, promoting him to full Admiral. The order took effect on 15 September.[1][2]

Following the resignation of Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos on 13 January 2019, Apostolakis was named as his successor by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.[3] He was placed into retirement and immediately sworn in as Minister of National Defence on 14 January, with the official hand-over scheduled for 15 January.[4] Until the appointment of a new Chief of the HNDGS by KYSEA, the Deputy Chief, Lt. General Konstantinos Floros, was named acting Chief.[4]

Greece-Turkey relations[edit]

In December 2018, Apostolakis was quoted at meeting with defence ministry correspondents as saying, "If the Turks land on a Greek rock islet we will flatten it." He also stated that efforts were focused on avoiding a military conflict with Turkey. [5][6]

Dates of rank[edit]

GR-Navy-OF1.svg Ensign 1980
GR-Navy-OF1b.svg Sub-Lieutenant 1983
GR-Navy-OF2.svg Lieutenant 1987
GR-Navy-OF3.svg Lieutenant Commander 1992
GR-Navy-OF4.svg Commander 1997
GR-Navy-OF5.svg Captain 2004
GR-Navy-OF6.svg Commodore 2009
GR-Navy-OF7.svg Rear Admiral 2011
GR-Navy-OF8.svg Vice Admiral 2012
GR-Navy-OF9.svg Admiral 2015



  1. ^ a b c d "Ναύαρχος Ευάγγελος Αποστολάκης ΠΝ, Αρχηγός ΓΕΕΘΑ" (in Greek). Hellenic Navy. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Νέος αρχηγός ΓΕΕΘΑ ο αντιναύαρχος Ευάγγελος Αποστολάκης" (in Greek). in.gr. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Νέος υπουργός Εθνικής Άμυνας ο Αρχηγός ΓΕΕΘΑ, Ευάγγελος Αποστολάκης" (in Greek). CNN Greece. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Ορκίστηκε ο νέος υπουργός Εθνικής Άμυνας" (in Greek). in.gr. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Spike in tension after tit-for-tat statements by Turkish DM, Greek military chief". Naftemporiki. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Armed Forces Chief: If Turks land on an islet 'we will flatten it'". Kathimerini. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Décoration de l'Amiral Evangelos Apostolakis et du vice-amiral Velissarios Pappas" (in French). 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Griechischer Generalstabschef erhält Bundesverdienstkreuz" (in German). 10 November 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Evangelos Apostolakis at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Panos Kammenos
Minister of National Defence
15 January 2019 – present
Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Kosmas Christidis
Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff
7 March 2013 – 15 September 2015
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Georgios Giakoumakis
Preceded by
General Michail Kostarakos
Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff
15 September 2015 – 14 January 2019
Succeeded by
Lt. General Konstantinos Floros