Sep 16, 2008

24 hours with the Hellenic (Greek) Coast Guard - OEA

The Hellenic Coast Guard (Greek: Λιμενικό Σώμα) is the national coast guard of Greece.
It is a paramilitary organization that can support the Hellenic Navy in wartime, but resides under separate civilian control in times of peace.

It was founded in 1919 by an Act of Parliament (N. 1753/1919) and the legal framework for its function was reformed in 1927.

The Hellenic Coast Guard Force is under the authority of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Mercantile Marine and Maritime Policy headed by the Minister for Mercantile Marine and Island Policy and the Senior Coast Guard Officer who normally has the rank of Vice Admiral. The current Commander is Vice Admiral Theodoros Rentzeperis.

The roles of the Hellenic Coast Guard in peace time are:

Law enforcement in sea
Search and rescue
Pollution prevention in sea
Fishery patrolling
Prevention of the illegal immigration and especially drugs and arms smuggling.

In order to perform these roles, the Coast Guard operate a number of Patrol Boats of various sizes (6m to 60m) and different types (RIB's, coastal patrol boats, offshore patrol boats, lifeboats and pollution control vessels). On land the Hellenic Coast Guard is equiped with cars and motorcycles.

This video shows a normal day and night of these brave men...

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