|Hellenic Coast Guard|
Coat of Arms of the Hellenic Coast Guard
|Role||Maritime law enforcement, paramilitary navy, search and rescue, sea pollution control|
|Colors||Cyan, White & Gold|
|Commandant||Vice Admiral A. Athanasopoulos|
|Patrol||Cessna 406 Caravan II|
|Transport||Cessna 172 Skyhawk|
The Hellenic Coast Guard (Greek Λιμενικό Σώμα-Ελληνική Ακτοφυλακή – Limeniko Soma-Elliniki Aktofylaki – lit. "Port Corps-Hellenic Coast Guard") is the national coast guard of Greece. Like many other coast guards, it is a paramilitary organization that can support the Hellenic Navy in wartime, but resides under separate civilian control in times of peace. It was founded in 1919 by an Act of Parliament (N. 1753/1919) and the legal framework for its function was reformed in 1927. The current name is specified in Law 3022/2011.
The Hellenic Coast Guard Force is currently under the authority of the Ministry of Shipping. The Hellenic Coast Guard Force is headed by the Senior Coast Guard Officer who has the rank of Vice Admiral (Antinavarchos).
The basic roles of the Hellenic Coast Guard are law enforcement at sea, search and rescue, marine safety, preventing sea pollution, fisheries patrolling, preventing illegal immigration and drug interdiction.
In order to perform these roles, the Coast Guard operate a number of patrol boats of various sizes (6m to 60m) and different types (RIBs, coastal patrol boats, offshore patrol boats, lifeboats and pollution control vessels). On land the Hellenic Coast Guard is equipped with cars and motorcycles.
The Hellenic Coast Guard operates the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Piraeus and the Emergency Radio Communications Station SXE at Aspropyrgos ( ). The Hellenic Coast Guard also operates the Vessel Traffic Service (V.T.M.I.S.) at busy sea lanes, currently around the ports of Piraeus, Elefsis, Lavrion and Rafina.
Between May 21, 1964 and 1980 the Hellenic Coast Guard had its own special flag, which was derived from the Greek Ensign with the addition of the crossed anchors badge on the center of the white cross.
The main activities of the Hellenic Coast Guard are defined in the present legislation and specified within its institutional framework of operation. These activities are the following:
Most officers in recent years are graduates from higher education establishments, including the Merchant Marine Academies. After recruitment new officers study for one year at the Hellenic Naval Academy. Petty officers are trained for nine months at Palaskas Naval Training Centre and lower rank enlisted men are trained at Scholi Limenofylakon at Piraeus. With law Law 4029 of 2011, a volunteer Auxiliary Coast Guard was established.
The Officers of the Hellenic Coast Guard have the same ranks as the Officers of the Hellenic Navy and similar insignia, replacing the curl with two crossed anchors. The Petty Officers (Ratings) also use rank insignia similar to those of the Hellenic Navy, replacing the speciality symbol with the crossed anchors badge.
|Officer Grade Structure of the Hellenic Coast Guard|
(Lieutenant junior grade)
|NCO Rank Structure of the Hellenic Coast Guard|
(Fleet Chief Petty Officer)
Archikelefstis (Chief Petty Officer)
Epikelefstis (Petty Officer)
||This section possibly contains original research. (May 2009)|
The following list of Hellenic CG vessels is incomplete, due to limited availability of published data. It is based mainly on the official HCG web site, the Hellenic Defence Review 2006-2007, Ισορροπία Δυνάμεων 2011-2012 and on some original research.
The current structure of the Hellenic Coast Guard predicts five (5) Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), twelve (12) Patrol boats with lengths of 25–30 metres, 50+ Coastal Patrol vessels of various types, eleven (11) Lifeboats and a large number of RIBs/Special Forces boats.
|Model||Type||Length (m)||Displacement (tonnes)||Origin||In service||Notes|
|Sa'ar 4||OPV||58||450||Israel / Greece||3||Vessels ΛΣ-060, ΛΣ-070 and ΛΣ-080 are demilitarized FACs fitted with 30mm gun each but without missiles.
Speed of 34.5 knots.
|Stan Patrol 5509||OPV||58||The Netherlands||0 (+1)||Vessel ΛΣ-090, imminent delivery from B.V.Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem.
Speed of 30 knots.
|Vosper Europatrol 250 Mk1||OPV||47.3||255||United Kingdom||1||Vessel ΛΣ-050, currently undergoing upgrades.
Speed of 40 knots.
|Class Faiakas (Φαίακας)||Patrol||24.6||Croatia||2 (+4)||Vessels ΛΣ-617 and ΛΣ-618 with four (4) vessels (type POB-24G) remaining on order, to be delivered by 2016. Each of the boats will be bear a 50mm gun.
Speed of 32 knots.
|Class Dilos (Δήλος)||Patrol||29||86||Greece||6||Vessels ΛΣ-010, ΛΣ-015, ΛΣ-020, ΛΣ-025, ΛΣ-030 and ΛΣ-040, currently, all boats are currently under consideration for decommissioning; design by Abeking & Rasmussen.
Speed of 27 knots.
|CB-90HCG||Coastal Patrol||15.9||20||Sweden||3||Vessels ΛΣ-134, ΛΣ-135 and ΛΣ-136
Speed of 40-45 knots.
|Javelin-74||Coastal Patrol||19.2||27||Greece||3||Vessels ΛΣ-192, ΛΣ-193 and ΛΣ-194
Speed of 50+ knots.
|LCS-57 (Lambro-57) Mk.I||Coastal Patrol||18.2||28||Greece||16||Speed of 44 knots.|
|LCS-57 (Lambro-57) Mk.II||Coastal Patrol||19.2||27||Greece||19||Speed of 50+ knots.|
|LCS-53 (Lambro-53 Guardian)||Coastal Patrol||16.8||21||Greece||11||Vessels' series ΛΣ-114.
Speed of 33 knots.
|Olympic L65/74||Coastal Patrol||23||Greece||4||ΛΣ-102 series|
|Arun Halmatic||Lifeboat||16||37||United Kingdom||1||Vessel SAR-510|
|Lambro Halmatic 60||Lifeboats||18||37||Greece||10||Vessels' series SAR-511 to SAR-520.|
|System 33/Nemesis RIB||RIB Coastal Patrol||10.35||Greece||10||All vessels are donation by SNF having speed of 50+ knots.|
|Olympic L-44||Patrol||14||25||Greece||3||ΛΣ-153 series|
|MIL-40||Coastal Patrol||13||7||Greece||2||ΛΣ-132, ΛΣ-133|
|Madera MRCD-1250||RIB Coastal Patrol||12,5||The Netherlands||0 (+2)||Two (2) on order.|
|Magna 110 Hurricane Mk.I/II||RIB Coastal Patrol||10,8||Greece||2|
|Magna Onda||Coastal Patrol||11.7||5.4||Greece||2|
|Super Onda||Coastal Patrol||8.6||2.8||Greece||2|
|Magna 31||RIB Coastal Patrol||8.6||2.8||Greece||3||One (1) donated at 2014 by Dmitry Rybolovlev|
|Oceanic Interceptor||RIB Coastal Patrol||Greece||?|
|Gibli-1025||RIB Coastal Patrol||10,25||Greece||12|
|Oceanic 9000 Stealth||RIB Coastal Patrol||9||2||Greece||18|
|Mostro Top Gun 864/964||RIB Coastal Patrol||9.3/9.9||1.4/1.6||Greece||19|
|Boston Whaler||Coastal patrol, Diver support||9||USA||3||ΛΣ-798, ... Donated by the USCG in 2004.|
|Halter Marine HSB||Coastal patrol, Diver support||USA||1||... Donated by the USCG in 2004|
|Wellcraft||Coastal patrol, Diver support||USA||1||... Donated by the USCG in 2004|
|LS-413 (LMPA)||Pollution control||29||240||Spain||3||by Astilleros Gondan, Spain.|
The Hellenic Coast Guard operates a small fleet of fixed wing aircraft based at Tatoi (Dekelia) Air Base, (LGTT, Hellenic Air Force 384 Squadron, based at Elefsis Air Base (LGEL), with mixed Air Force and Coast Guard crews.). Its four AS 332 Super Puma Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters are operated by the
|Eurocopter Super Puma||SAR helicopter||AS 332C||France||4||Operated by the Hellenic Air Force|
|Aérospatiale Dauphin||HC-31 to HC-36||Patrol helicopter||AS 365N3||France||6||Based at Kotroni Naval Air Station (LGKN) in cooperation with Hellenic Navy|
|Cessna 406 Caravan II||AC-21 to AC-23||Maritime patrol||F406||France||3||Built by Reims|
|Cessna 172 Skyhawk||AC-1, AC-2||Utility aircraft||172RG||USA||2|
|Socata TB||AC-3, AC-4||Utility aircraft||TB 20||France||2|
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