Director, International Military Staff
Vice Admiral Fernando Del Pozo, SPNA
2004 - 2007
Vice Admiral Fernando del Pozo was born in Barcelona on 19 September 1944, and joined the Naval Academy 1 August 1961. He was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in 3 July 1966, and became Vice Admiral (three stars) on 19 December 2003. From 2004 to 2007 he was Director, IMS.
His sea duties as a junior Officer have consisted of assignments on board destroyers Alcala Galiano, Roger de Lauria, Marqués de la Ensenada, and frigate Pizarro, where he performed a variety of duties, such as gunnery, communications, navigation and operations Officer. As Lieutenant Commander he was appointed Chief Staff Officer of the Carrier Group Escorts Squadron in 1985-86.
He commanded Fast Patrol Boat Cadarso in 1979-80 as a Lieutenant;
Corvette Diana in 1986-88 as a Lieutenant-Commander; Frigate
Victoria in 1992-93 as Commander, which included a four month
deployment in STANAVFORLANT, during which period the force
visited non-NATO ports and entered the Black Sea for the first
time, and participated in the Adriatic embargo operation Maritime
Monitor. As Captain he has commanded the 41st Squadron of Frigates
(Santa Maria Class) from March 1997 until September 1997, when
he took command of the STANAVFORMED until September 1998. He
had the distinction of being the first Spanish officer ever
in command of a NATO force.
He specialized in naval electronics in 1972, and obtained the Naval War College diploma in 1978.
He has been awarded the Grand Crosses of the Naval Order of Merit and of St. Hermenegildo, and the Cross of S. Jorge de 1ª. Classe (Portugal), as well as other decorations.
Vice Admiral del Pozo married Maria-Luisa Berenguer, and they have two children, Fernando, a Navy Lieutenant, and Juan, Sub-Lieutenant.