On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the captains, officers and crews of the Greek warships “Elli” and “Chios”, which sailed to the port of Alexandria in the context of the multinational military exercise Bright Star’ 23, paid a visit to the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
During the reception of the men and women of the Navy, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa referred to the historical course of the Alexandrian Church and its modern fruitful presence and missionary activity in Africa.
The captains of the warships “Elli” and “Chios”, Georgios Lainakis and Theodoros Bougiouklis, respectively, expressed their joy and blessing, which they felt while visiting the Patriarchal Cathedral. They also praised the sacrificial ministry of the Patriachate on the African continent, which the Navy will always honor and assist with its forces. An exchange of commemorative gifts and a tour at the Patriarchal Palace followed.
Mr. Athanasios Kotsionis, Consul General of Greece in Alexandria and Captain of the Navy Mr. Michail Tsiligakis, Attaché of Defence of Greece in Cairo, were also present.