Admiral Fernando García Sánchez
Chief of Defence – Spain
Born in Granada on the 25th September 1953.
Married to Mª. Jesús Tobío Cendón.
He has got 3 children.
Entered the Naval Academy in 1971
Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1976
Promoted to Lieutenant in 1979
Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1989
Promoted to Commander in 1996
Promoted to Captain in 2001
Promoted to Rear-Admiral in 2005
Promoted to Vice-Admiral in 2008
Promoted to Admiral in 2011
Appointed as Chief of Staff of Defence on December the 30th, 2011
He is fluent in English and French language
SPECIALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
He has got the Diploma in Naval Warfare
ASSIGNMENTS AND COMMANDS AT SEA
He has been embarked in different units in the course of 21 years, with over 2,000 days at sea, and was in command of:
- Mine Counter Measures Diver Unit
- Patrol Boat "VILLAAMIL"
- Corvette "INFANTA ELENA"
- Fleet Oiler "MARQUÉS DE LA ENSENADA"
- Fleet Combat Support and Assessment Centre (CEVACO)
Served on board as Officer:
- Destroyer "ALMlRANTE VALDÉS"
- Patrol Boat "CADARSO"
- Submarine "COSME GARCÍA"
- Executive Officer of Submarine Rescue and Divers Support "POSEIDÓN"
- Chief of Operations on Frigate "BALEARES"
- Executive Officer of the 41st Escort Squadron
- Chief of Staff of the Fleet ALFA Group (Aircraft-carrier and Escorts)
- Lecturer at the Tactical Action Course for Officers (TAO)
- Chief of Operations Department at the Naval Warfare College
- Lecturer in Operations at the Armed Forces High College (ESFAS)
- Chief of the Strategic Plans Section, Plan Division of the Spanish Navy Staff
- During the year 2003, he took on command twice, as Commander of the NATO 441.01 Operational Group within "Active Endeavour" escort operations in the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Deputy Chief of Staff Spanish Navy.
CROSSES AND DECORATIONS
- Royal Military Order of "San Hermenegildo" (Badge) -16 Aug. 2001
- Royal Military Order of "San Hermenegildo" (Great Cross) -1 Aug. 2006
- Naval Merit Cross -24 Jun. 82
- Royal Military Order of "San Hennenegildo" (Cross) -16 Aug. 91
- Naval Merit Cross -23 Jun. 93
- Royal Military Order of "San Hennenegildo" (Commendation) - 16 Aug. 96
- Naval Merit Cross - 5 Jan. 99
- Naval Merit Cross - 24 Jun. 05
- Great Cross of Naval Merit - 4 Jan. 08