Commander Maritime Air NATO

COMMARAIRAndreas Vettos, Commodore (HN), was born in Thessaloniki on 24th July 1965. After joining the Hellenic Naval Academy in 1983 he was commissioned as Ensign of the Hellenic Navy in June 1987.

He completed Helicopter Pilot Courses on Hellenic Army and Hellenic Navy helicopters and is a graduate of the Search and Rescue School in the United States of America (USCG-USA). Additionally he attended the Flying Supervisor Course in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of the Supreme Joint War College as well as and the National Defence College in Greece. Besides this he has earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Strategy and International Security from Plymouth University/UK.

Being a naval officer he served as a Combat Information Center Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Operations Officer on destroyers, frigates and minesweepers before finally assuming the duty as Commanding Officer on MSC HS KLIO and FFGH HS LIMNOS.

His shore and staff assignments included duties as Helicopter Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander/Commander of the Hellenic Navy Helicopter Command, Spokesman of the Hellenic Navy General Staff as well as that of the Director of Personnel and Training Branch of the Hellenic Fleet Command.

He is an experienced flight instructor on S-70B Aegean Hawk’s with flight experience of more than 2500 hours, mostly at night over the Aegean Sea.

After being promoted to his current rang as Commodore on March 2, 2016 he   assumed the role of Commander Maritime Air NATO in June 2016.

During his leisure time he enjoys long walks in the countryside, sailing and walking his Doberman dog Hermione.

He is married to Lila Kelaidi and is a proud father of two daughters, Chara and Eliza.


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