Rear Admiral (Eng) Athanasios Sampos HN, was born in Thessaloniki, in 1966. He was admitted to the Hellenic Naval Academy in 1984 and graduated in 1988 as Ensign (Eng) of the Hellenic Navy.
During his operational career at sea, he served for 5 years on Hellenic Navy Frigates (HS LIMNOS-HS ELLI).
Regarding his shore/staff assignments, he served as Staff Officer at the Naval Base of Salamis, the Naval Base of Crete, the D’ Branch of the Hellenic Navy General Staff (HNGS) and the Hellenic Naval Detachment of Skaramanga and as Liaison Officer of the Hellenic Navy at the BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) at KOBLENZ-Germany. He was positioned as Director at the ME-2 Armaments Directorate, the Platform Systems Directorate of HNGS (HNGS/D2) and the Technical Directorate of the Salamis Naval Base. He has also served as Head of D’ Branch of the Hellenic Navy Logistics Command.
As flag officer he was appointed Commanding Officer of Salamis Naval Base, Director of International Relations of General Directorate of Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA) and Head of D’ Branch of HNGS.
On March 2022 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and assumed the duties of Deputy Commander of the Hellenic National Defence College.
He is a graduate of the Hellenic National Defence College and holds Naval Engineer’s Degree and Master of Science (MSc) in Materials Science and Engineering (MIT-USA).
He holds all of the Hellenic Armed Forces’ Decorations and Medals up to his rank.
Rear Admiral (Eng) Athanasios Sampos HN, is married to Irini Zoi and has two sons
He speaks English fluently.