Vice Admiral Stamatios Raptis has been appointed to the post of the Chief of the Hellenic Coast Guard by the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) since 2016.
He graduated from the Hellenic Merchant Navy Academy of Aspropirgos and the Department of Economics, at the University of Piraeus. During his military service, he served as Reserve Line Ensign in the Hellenic Navy. In 1987, he graduated from the Hellenic Naval Academy with the rank of Ensign HCG.
During his career, he served as Commander of the 3rd Regional Command of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Central Harbormaster of Igoumenitsa, Commander of Repair Base of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Commander of Merchant Marine Academy of Syros and Maritime Attendant at Japan Maritime Center in Tokyo. He has, also, worked at Directorates of the Hellenic Ministry of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy, at services of the Central Port Authority of Piraeus, at the Port Authority of Tinos Island and as Commander of the Patrol Ship HCG 020.
After being promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 2014, Vice Admiral Stamatios Raptis assumed the duties of Director of the Ship Control Branch, while in 2015 he was appointed Director of the Administration and E-Government Branch. He has been awarded with all the decorations, medals and commendations, stipulated for an officer of his rank and seniority.He was born and raised in Piraeus.