President Pavlopoulos attends event for 75-year anniversary of Greek destroyer ‘Adrias’

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos attended on Thursday the 75-year anniversary of the Greek glorious destroyer Adrias. Celebrated by the Hellenic Navy officials and representatives from the Hellenic Armed Forces and the domestic political scene, the event was hosted in the floating Naval Museum of Greece. The offshore Naval Museum of Greece best known as Battlecruiser Averof is docked in Floisvos Marina, Faliro Bay. The anniversary entailed visual commemoration of the historic feats of both vessels and concluded with a formal reception.

Battlecruiser Averof was a landmark vessel in Greek history assuming its duties in 1912. It was the first vessel of the Hellenic Navy and extensively contributed to the liberation of Greek coastal areas and islands from the Ottoman rule. The vessel’s feats were also repeated during World Wars I-II including its successful escape from German forces and sailing to the Port of Alexandria, Egypt in 1941. From there, the battlecruiser participated in Allied naval operations in the Indian Ocean. In the aftermath of World War II the battlecruiser retired. The Greek Armed Forces eventually performed hull modifications to convert the retired vessel into interim naval headquarters. Eventual restructurings constituted the battlecruiser a glorious museum of naval history in Greece, attended by more than 60.000 visitors per annum.

The history of Adrias destroyer is equally glorious. Adrias was a Type III hunt class destroyer originally built for the Royal Navy under the name HMS Border. Adrias was given to the Greek Navy at the height of World War II to assist Allied forces operations. It took its name from the ancient Greek town of Adria in Italy, located at the mouth of Po River, which projects into the renowned Adriatic Sea – also named after the city. Adrias sustained heavy damages on 22 October 1943 when it was hit by enemy forces near the island of Kalymnos and recorded 21 crew casualties. Commander Couloumbas and his crew directed the hit vessel near the adjacent Turkish coast of Guiyulukuk. The vessel underwent minor modifications and eventually escaped to the port of Alexandria, Egypt. The Adrias vessel was also gloriously retired after the war.

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