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Captain Fotios Paraskevas GRC-N

Commander of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2)

Captain Fotios Paraskevas GRC-N was born in Athens, Greece, on November 19, 1973. He joined the Hellenic Naval Academy in 1991 and graduated in 1995 as Ensign of the Hellenic Navy.

His operational service includes assignments on board surface units, on a Destroyer as Assistant Gunnery Officer, but mainly on MSC/MHC units as Navigation Officer, Communication Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer. He spent more than 16 years at sea, 4 years of which as Commanding Officer of MHC HS EVNIKI (Osprey Class) and Tank Landing Ship (LST) HS RODOS.

During his operational service, he was part of the first crew of MHC HS EVROPI (Hunt Class), during its deliver to the Hellenic Navy from UK (former HMS BICESTER) on 31 July 2000 at Portsmouth Naval Base. He also participated in three (3) SNMCMG2's deployments (1998, 2003, and 2004). Additionally he joined SNMCMG2 staff twice; once from 2006 to 2007 as Assistant Staff Officer (ASO), and from 2010 to 2011, as Mine Warfare Officer (MWO).

Regarding his staff assignments, he was positioned at the Department of Operational Training and Exercises of the Hellenic Fleet HQ, at the Department of Programming Naval Training of the Hellenic Naval Academy and Head of the Personnel and Career Directorate (HRM) of Hellenic General Staff (HNGS).

Since 23nd of July 2021, he has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Command of Mine Warfare. On 19th of June 2022, he was promoted to Captain.

He was qualified as Anti - Submarine Warfare officer. He is a graduate of the Naval Staff Officer School, the Hellenic Joint War College and the Hellenic National Defence College. He attained successfully the International Joint operations Planning Course, the Advanced Mine Warfare Course (AMWC-N) and the Mine Warfare Staff Officers Course (MSOC-N) at Eguermin Naval Mine Warfare School, at Oostende, Belgium. He is currently a postgrad student of the MA in Applied Strategy and International Security Course of University of Plymouth.

He participated in NATO's Peacekeeping Mission (1996), and in the Operation INAS BAHR as MWO, the first Out of Area Deployment of SNMCMG2 (2011).

He has been awarded with all medals, decorations and commendations stipulated for an officer of his rank and seniority, including the Medal of NATO Peacekeeping Mission.

He speaks English and French. He is married and has one son. He likes history and sports.


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