Heads of Greek army, navy and air force replaced

The heads of Greece’s army, navy and air force were replaced on Thursday after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras chaired a meeting of the Government Council of Foreign Affairs and National Defense (KYSEA).

Lieutenant General Athanasios Tselios was named head of the Greek army, Vice Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis was appointed new chief of the navy and Lieutenant General Evangelos Tournas will take over the top position in the air force.

As had been announced last week, Michalis Kostarakos will remain the chief of the National Defense General Staff.

The decision not to replace Kostarakos but to change the chiefs of the army, navy and air force had the support of Samaras and his coalition partners, Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left.

The changes are part of the regular reviews of key positions in the military. The last such review took place in July last year.