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Panagiotis Chinofotis

Panagiotis Chinofotis

Admiral Panagiotis Chinofotis (Greek Παναγιώτης Χηνοφώτης, also transliterated Panayiotis Khinofotis, born August 12, 1949) is a Member of Parliament with the New Democracy, Vice-Minister of the Interior and a former Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.

Born in Athens, Chinofotis graduated from the Hellenic Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1971. He served aboard several patrol boats, destroyers and frigates of the Hellenic Navy before being sent to the Hellenic Naval War College, from which he graduated in 1986. He was then sent to study at the United States Naval War College and Salve Regina University, from which he graduated with a master's degree in international relations.

After graduation, Chinofotis was promoted to Commander, and was made commandant of the Hellenic Naval War College. In 1991, he was made commander of the HS Lemnos, flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Hellenic Fleet.

In 1993, Chinofotis began a two-year assignment as Hellenic Military Representative to NATO in Brussels. He next spent a year as Commander of the Hellenic First Fleet, followed by a tour as Deputy Military Representative of Greece to the European Union, serving as chairman of the Military Working Group during Greece's EU Presidency.

Chinofotis next progressed through several staff assignments until, in 2004, by now a rear admiral, he became Commander-in-Chief of the Hellenic Fleet. A year later, he was promoted to Admiral and became Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.

On 21 August 2007, he resigned in order to participate in the September legislative elections, where he was elected MP on the statewide ticket for New Democracy. On 19 September he was sworn in the new cabinet as Vice-Minister of the Interior.

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