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Andreas Ioannides

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General of Cyprus Navy Andreas Ioannides (Greek: Ανδρέας Ιωαννίδης; 1958 – 11 July 2011) was a Greek Cypriot naval officer and head of the Cyprus Navy until his death in the Evangelos Florakis Navy Base explosion, which took place at the Evangelos Florakis Navy Base on 11 July 2011.

He was born in Rizokarpaso in 1958, entered the Hellenic Naval Academy in 1977 and graduated in 1981 as an Ensign. He then underwent additional training at various Greek special forces facilities and command and staff schools. He served as an officer on board warships, as CO of the MM40 Exocet batteries, as head of the Staff and Operations Directorate of the Cyprus Naval Command, head of the Coastal Surveillance Command, head of the Warships Command and Deputy Commander of the Cyprus Naval Command, before being appointed as Commander of the Naval Command on 20 August 2008,[2] taking over from Captain Panayotis Vougioulakis.

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A 2 km sea swim called Ioannideia is a memorial swim held in his honor.

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