July 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the ceremony of naming and joining the Navy of the newly built Rapid Missile Patrol “Ypoploiarchos Karathanasis” took place at the Rapid Vessel Command in the area of the Skaramaga Naval Fort.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, the Deputy Minister of National Defense Alkiviadis Stefanis, the Chief of General Staff General Konstantinos Floros, the Chief of General Staff Rear Admiral Stylianos Epileonos D (SA) or their representatives, members of the Government and the Parliament, members of the Local Government and the Religious Authorities, members of the Supreme Naval Council, representatives of the Elefsina Shipyards, and other guests.
TPK “Ypoploiarchos Karathanasis”, was named in honor of Lieutenant Christodoulos Karathanasis PN, Commander of the EPP PN-21 who in January 1996, fell to duty with Lieutenant Panagiotis Vlachakos and Chief of Staff Imion.
The contractor of the ship was the son of the heroically fallen Officer, Ioannis Karathanasis.
Also present at the ceremony were 1985 graduates of the School of Naval Trials, classmates of the late Lt. Ch. Karathanasis PN, as well as members of his family.