Panagiotis Tripontikas, born in Athens on 18 March 1972, comes from Velanidia Voion Lakonias (Municipality of Monemvasia).
He is Commander in Hellenic Navy. He graduated from the Hellenic Navy Academy in 1995 and since then he has served in several units of the Hellenic Fleet.
From September 1996 to June 1998 he was stationed as Navigational Officer on gunboat HS KARTERIA.
From September 1998 to July 1999 he participated in the national Antisubmarine Warfare Course.
From July 1999 to June 2001 he was stationed as the Executive Officer of the minesweeper HS KLIO.
From June 2001 to August 2003 he served as Navigational Officer of minehunter HS EVROPI.
From August 2003 to June 2005 he was stationed as Executive Officer of gunboat HS ORMI.
On December 2005 he graduated from the National Staff Officer Course and from December of 2005 until July 2008 he was stationed in Hellenic Navy Petty Officers school.
From November 2001 until December 2002 he successfully attended the Advanced Minewarfare Course of NATO (AMWC-N) at NATO Minewarfare School in Eguermin, Belgium.
From January and February 2005 he attended the drugs training workshop at the Hellenic Police Headquarters.
In June 2008 he graduated from Minewarfare Staff Officer Course of NATO (MSOC-N) in NATO Minewarfare Course in Eguermin, Belgium. From then until January of 2010 he was stationed as staff of the Hellenic Fleet Command.
From January 2010 until August 2010 he was assigned as Assistant Staff Officer in Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2).
From August 2010 until August 2011 he was stationed to COMHELMINE.
At 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
From August 2011 until August 2012 he was assigned as Commanding Officer of minehunter HS KALIPSO (OSPREY class).
From August 2012 until July 2013 he successfully attended the Supreme Joint War College
From July 2013 until May 2015 he was assigned as Director of the Floating Naval Museums Battleship “AVEROF” and HS VELOS. As Director, under the guidance of the Hellenic Navy General Staff he organized many high caliber arts and cultural events (events in collaboration
with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Athens, the August full moon 2014 event, an event which was part of the European Day Music festival, exhibitions displaying historical maps from the Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service( HNHS) and famous paintings of the Athens School of Fine Arts, signing of an MoU with the Athens School of Fine Arts ( ASFA ), the Foundation of the Hellenic World and the Aikaterini Laskarides Foundation). Under the leadership of Panagiotis Tripontikas the number of visitors to the Floating Naval Museums reached a record high.
He has published the following books
1. “One Day onboard Battleship AVEROF” an educational booklet for children up to 9 ISBN:978-960-88509-1-0
2. “The Battleship AVEROF and the journey back in time” an educational booklet for children 9-12 years ISBN:978-960-88509-2-7 and finally
3. “1900 : The Adventures of Pavlos Kountouriotis during the first transatlantic voyage onboard masted cruiser “NAVARCHOS MIAOULIS” ISBN:978-960-88509-3-4 (http://www.1900thebook.com
4. THE WRECKS IN THE GREEK SEAS 1830-1951 – THE UNDERWATER HERITTAGE OF Navy’s Stakeholding Fund and Mariners’ Pension Fund (www.seathewrecks.com)
From May 2015 until August 2017 was the Head of Research Department of the Navy Command and Staff College of the Hellenic Navy.
At 2016 he was promoted to Commander.
From September 2017 until the present day he is the DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS, EMERGENCY PLANNING & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OF Hellenic Fleet Command.
He has received medals and distinctions commensurate with his rank.
He has successfully completed the diving training in Underwater Demolition Command and has also a two star diving certificate (CMAS).
ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE AND CREATIVITY-VOLUNTEER WORK
Panagiotis was elected President of the Velanidiotes Society Myrtidiotissa for a period of 6 years.
Under his Presidency the Society was very active and worked closely with universities, cultural foundations, N.G.Os, local government and other bodies. He succeeded in having the Lighthouse of Cape Malea and the German Naval Observatory placed on the list of designated historical and listed monuments. An international Symposium entitled “From the Homeric to the Modern Landscape” was held in Monemvasia on April 30 and May 1 2011. It was jointly organized by the Velanidiotes Society, the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (University of Nottingham, and the Municipality of Monemvasia in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Med-ina). The symposium was placed under the auspices of the region of the Peloponnese and focused on the preservation of the natural and cultural landscape of Cape Malea Peninsula.
Panagiotis is cognizant of the fact that environment, cultural and underwater heritage management is quite a challenge. In order to achieve results relatively quickly, you need to try hard, stay focused and love what you are doing.
He is married to Irakleia Schoina and they have one child named John.