Vice Admiral Emmanuel Chorianopoulos

Commander in Chief of Hellenic Fleet

Vice Admiral Emmanuel CHORIANOPOULOS H.N. was born in Athens in 1952. He entered the Naval Academy in 1971 and graduated in 1975 receiving his commission as Ensign.

As junior officer he served on destroyers and as XO on DDG THEMISTOCLIS, PCF KYKLON and PGA STARAKIS.

He commanded PGA STARAKIS, DDG KIMON and NEARCHOS, he held the post of Assistant Director of HNGS/B1-III (Personnel establishment), HNGS/A2-II (Intelligence) and CINCHELFLEET/A1 (Policy-Plans) and Director of HNGS/A1 (Policy-Plans) and HNGS/A3 (Operations-Exercises).

Also he served at the Military Delegation of the WEU in Belgium (Deputy Military Delegate) and as Commander 1st Squadron Hellenic Frigate Command.

As Commodore he served in Hellenic Naval Academy as Deputy Commander (2002-2004) and he commanded the Hellenic Frigate Command (2004-2005).

He promoted to Rear Admiral in March 2005 and was assigned to Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) as Head of A' Branch (Operations-Operational Planning and Training-Air Defense). He was designed as Chief of Staff of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff on March 2006.

He promoted to Vice Admiral in March 2007 and assigned as Commander in Chief of Hellenic Fleet.

He has attended a number of military schools among which the Hellenic Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California where he earned a Master's degree in Engineering Science.

Decorations and Medals: Commander Cross of the Order of Phoenix, Knight Gold Cross of the Order of Honor, Medal of Merit A' class, Navy Meritorious Command medal A' class, Staff Officer Service Commendation medal A' class and Navy Formation Command Medal C' Class.

He speaks English fluently.

Rear Admiral Emmanuel Chorianopoulos is married to Eleni Aivaliotou and he has a son (Nicolas, 29) and a daughter (Eliza, 23).