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Sunday, June 25th 2006, 3:35pm

Fleet Organisation

Marina Armada de Republica Argentina
Commander-in-Chief of the Navy: Almirante Bouchard
Chief of Staff of the Navy: Almirante Murphy
Director-General of Naval Aviation: Vice Almirante Sarimento

Fleet Operations Command
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Almirante Moreno
Bahia Blanca

1st Battle Squadron, Vice Almirante Burros: ARA Veinticinco de Mayo, Constelación, Patagonia, Pampas
Carrier Squadron, Vice Almirante Torrez-Bucholz: ARA Independencia, Guardabosques, Avispón and destroyers ARA Sarandi, Drummond
1st Cruiser Squadron, Vice Almirante Higgins: ARA La Argentina, General Belgrano, Capitan Juan Domingo Peron, Almirante Storni, Almirante Domecq Garcia
3rd Destroyer Squadron, Contra Almirante Honchez: ARA Jaguar, Pantera, Lepoardo, Tigre, Puma, Leon, Tiburón, Santa
4th Destroyer Squadron, Contra Almirante Marabella: ARA Ingeniero, Grenadier, Lancer, Bombardero, Tripulante, Pirata, Legionario, Gunner

Viedma
1st Destroyer Squadron, Contra Almirante Guerra-Rajo: ARA Santa Cruz, Sparta, Rivadavia, and Murature, Rioja, Jujuy, Hercules, Heroina

Comodoro Rivadavia
3rd Cruiser Squadron, Vice Almirante Madariaga: ARA Santisima Trinidad, Moreno, Rivadavia, Fortaleza, Delante
2nd Destroyer Squadron, Contra Almirante Honchez: ARA Contra Almirante Barbera, Simon Bolivar, Capitan Tejada, Lynch, Parker and Cervantes, Juan de Garray, Catamarca, San Juan

Submarine Command
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Vice Almirante Mendez
Bahia Blanca

Submarine Squadron, Contra Almirante Alterra: ARA Salta, Santiago del Estero, Spiro, San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sante Fe
Submarine Command Training Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Carrenda: ARA Capitan Valles, Capitan Jones
Submarine Command Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Marcos: submarine tender ARA Delphin

Mine Warfare Command
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Vice Almirante Swan
Viedma

Minelayer Squadron, Capitan de Navio Esperanto: ARA Vice Almirante Higgins and Chaco, Chubut, Neuquen, Rio Negro, Tierra del Fuego
1st Minesweeper Squadron, Capitan de Navio Garbes: ARA Calchaqui, Capayan, Chiquillan

Rawson
2nd Minelayer Squadron, Capitan de Navio Somellera: ARA Neuquen, Rio Negro, Tierra del Fuego
2nd Minesweeper Squadron, Capitan de Navio Mariotti: ARA Chulupi, Mocovi, Moloyan
Mine Warfare Command Training Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Basque: ARA Fulton

Infantería de Marina Command
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C General Infantería de Marina Papard
Comodoro Rivadavia

1st Transport Squadron, Capital de Navio Farre: ARA America, Bahia San Blas, Vicente Fidel Lopez
1st Landing Craft Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Esposito: ARA LC1 – LC6
2nd Landing Craft Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Fasson: ARA LC7 – LC12

Brigada Naval I
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Almirante D’Stanza
Bahia Blanca

1st Motor Minesweeper Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Sobral: ARA MS1 – MS6
7th MTB Squadron, Captain de Navio King: ARA M36 – M40
Bahia Blanca Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Dandi: tugs ARA Azopardo, Ona and BB1 – BB4, crane ship ARA Bahia

Viedma
1st Patrol Squadron, Capitan de Navio D’Silva: ARA P1 – P6
2nd Motor Minesweeper Flotilla, Captain de Navio Torrez: ARA MS7 – MS12
1st MTB Squadron, Capitan de Navio Seguina: ARA ML1 and M1 – M5
2nd MTB Squadron, Capitan de Navio Fernandez: ARA ML2 and M6 – M10
Viedma Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Montazeri: tugs ARA VA1, VA2

Brigada Naval II
HQ Naval Base Comodoro Rivadavia, C-in-C Almirante Gomez
Comodoro Rivadavia

2nd Battle Squadron, Vice Almirante Durango: ARA Puyerredon
2nd Cruiser Squadron, Vice Almirante Roho: ARA Nueve de Julio, Comodore Py, Hipolito Bouchard, Espora
5th Destroyer Squadron, Contra Almirante Stellos D’Annucio: ARA Pinedo, Buchardo, Jorge, Thorne, Entre Rios and Corrientes, Misiones
2nd Patrol Squadron, Capitan de Navio King: ARA P7 – P12
3rd Motor Minesweeper Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Andres: ARA MS13 – MS18
5th MTB Squadron, Capitan de Navio Zappa: ARA M24 – M29
Comodoro Rivadavia Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Palermo: tugs ARA Querandi and CR1, CR2

Rawson
2nd Escort Squadron, Contra Almirante Torres: ARA Granville, Guerrico, Ferre, Gomez Roca and Indomita, Intrepida, Defencia, Baradero
5th Motor Minesweeper Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Santander: ARA MS25 – MS28
3rd MTB Squadron, Capitan de Navio Jules: ARA ML3 and M11 – M15
Rawson Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Ferdinand-Muhon: tugs ARA RS1, RS2

Brigada Naval III
HQ Naval Base Puerto Deseado, C-in-C Almirante Muhon
Puerto Deseado

1st Escort Squadron, Contra Almirante Dahmon-Sanchez: ARA Chico, Desepuadero, Pilcomayo, Verde, Heras, Gallegos, Magellan, Fuego and patrol icebreaker ARA Piedra Buena
4th MTB Squadron, Capitan de Navio Bouchard: ARA M18 – 23
4th Motor Minesweeper Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Bernardi: ARA MS19 – MS25
Puerto Deseado Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Foscarelli: tugs ARA PD1, PD2

Puerto Santa Cruz
3rd Patrol Squadron, Capitan de Navio Campabassa: ARA P13 – P18
6th MTB Squadron, Captain de Navio Vasquez: ARA M30 – M35
Puerto Santa Cruz Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Ross: tugs ARA SC1, SC2

Brigada Naval IV
HQ Asuncion, Paraguay, C-in-C Almirante Guido
Asuncion

Gunboat Squadron, Captain de Navio Chavez: ARA El Plata and Humaita, Paraguay and Parana, Rosario, Patria, Pilcomayo
1st River Gunboat Squadron, Capitan de Navio Guido: ARA R11 – R15
Asuncion Base Support Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Hernandez: tender ARA Alferez de Navio Gomez

Formosa
2nd River Gunboat Squadron, Capitan de Navio Bouchard: ARA R6 – R10

Training Command
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Almirante Teisaire

Bahia Blanca[/b]
Training Squadron, Vice Almirante Salvero: ARA Presidente Sarimento and Capitan de Navio Parker and General San Martin

Viedma
Fast Boat Training Flotilla: Capitan de Navio Fernando: ARA TM28, TM 29

Fleet Support Command
HQ Naval Base Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Almirante Fandangos
Bahia Blanca

1st Support Squadron, Contra Almirante Hoho: tanker ARA Dona Dorothea, petroleum tanker ARA Cabo San Isidro
Static Reserve Fleet: no commander: decommissioned ships laid up for disposal

Viedma
2nd Support Squadron, Contra Almirante Alhambra: destroyer tender ARA Cabo San Francisco de Paula, tanker ARA Ministro Ezcurra
Surveying Squadron, CO Capitan de Navio Jenaero: ARA Alferez Mackinlay, Almirante Irizar and Cormoran, Petrel

Comodoro Rivadavia
3rd Support Squadron, Contra Almirante Vasquez: destroyer tender ARA Cabo San Antonio, repair ship ARA Cabo San Gonzalo, coastal tankers ARA Dona Elora, Dona Stella, water tanker ARA Cabo San Vicente

Puerto Deseado
4th Support Squadron, Capitan de Navio Castille: coastal tanker ARA Dona Irma, transports ARA Canal Beagle, Cabo de Hornos

Prefectura Naval Argentina
HQ Bahia Blanca, C-in-C Contra Almirante Lorenzo
Vessels are stationed in Argentine ports and harbours as necessary, homeport for repairs etc. is Bahia Blanca
Four patrol craft: PNA T-104 – T-107
One fast patrol craft MAS(L): PNA T-103
Three river patrol craft: PNA PC101, PC102 – PC103

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Monday, July 2nd 2007, 10:13pm

Naval Biographies

Naval Biographies

Naval Biographies

Almirante Bouchard; age 52, born 1896, younger brother to the war hero Vice Adm. of the same name, largely a desk bound officer for most of his career he only went to sea in the aftermath of the 1921 war and served aboard the cruiser fleet, in 1928 he rose to Captain de Navio and commanded the Almirante Brown in 1930. He has specialised in screening and reconnaissance operations and he largely masterminded the hunt for the pirate ship Intrepida. In late 1934 he was Almirante Benedicto’s assistant at the San Francisco talks and after became Head of Naval Operations at the Naval Staff. He was promoted to Contra Almirante in January 1936 and given the command of the Training Squadron in April. In February 1938 he was promoted Almirante and given command of the Battleship Squadron. In 1941 he was given command of Brigada Naval I. He was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Navy replacing Almirante Dominguez.

Almirante Moreno; age 53, born 1895, an exceptional officer who has spent almost all his career at sea, wounded during the 1931 war he lost his right eye, determined to carry on sailing he worked up through the ranks and got his first command at 29 in 1924 of a patrol boat, destroyers and torpedo boats followed and by 1928 he was commanding a destroyer squadron, in 1930 he was made Rear Adm. and in 1931 moved to Peablo’s staff concerning scouting and was given the chance to exercise his ideas during the exercise. In mid 1933 he became the head of the new Tactical Formation and Combat School at the Naval Staff Academy. In 1936 he was promoted to Vice Almirante and placed in command of the 1st Cruiser Squadron. In January 1941 he was promoted Almirante and given command of Brigada Naval II. In March 1942 he was given command of Brigada Naval I.

Almirante Murphy; age 58; born 1890, joined Navy in 1910 and became an officer cadet at his Captain’s insistence in 1914, graduated 1917 and joined the Destroyer force and from 1921 commanding several destroyers and working up the ranks, in 1928 he joined the training division until he requested active service again and resumed his active service as a Rear Adm. commanding a cruiser squadron. In early 1935 he received a promotion to Vice Almirante and was posted to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron. A destroyer man he favours the torpedo over the gun and always acts with the élan of a destroyer skipper, he likes combat to be fast and at close quarters, only his abrupt forthright views have prevented further promotions. He is a close friend of Moreno having been his commanding officer several times. In January 1944 he was promoted to Almirante and given command of Brigada Naval II.

Almirante Teisaire; age 57; born in 1891 he enrolled into the Naval Academy in 1908 and upon graduation in 1912 was accepted to the United States Naval Academy. There he was commissioned as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy until 1917. Returning to Argentina he was eventually given command of the training sail ship Presidente Sarmiento. Teisaire taught at the Naval Academy from 1932 and held numerous policy-making posts in that service, including ones in the Naval Requisitions Department, the Argentine Naval delegations in the United States and Europe. He became head of the Navy's River Fleet in 1938 and in 1940 became the assistant director of the Navy Mechanics' School where he specialises in the instruction of navigation and hydrology. In 1941 he was given command of the Training Squadron. In early 1948 he was promoted to Almirante and given command of Naval Brigada V.

Contra Almirante Martinez Muhon; age 48; born 1900, entered the AFNE yard as an apprentice in 1917, qualified as an engineer he left in 1923 to join the Navy and was posted to the Trinidad. He became her Engineering Officer in 1929; in 1931 he joined the Mine Warfare Department of the Naval Academy and in 1933 was offered the job of commanding the Minesweeper and Escort Squadron. To his friends and crews he is the ‘Walking Brain’, a very intellectual man he lacks real command and sea experience while also lacking diplomacy and prone to being heavy handed on punishments to his crews. He was posted ashore in early 1936 to head the Technical Section of the Naval Staff. In early 1939 he was promoted Contra Almirante and took command of the 3rd Destroyer Squadron. In 1941 he took command of the 4th Destroyer Division. In 1942 he was promoted to Flag Officer Destroyers. In February 1948 he was promoted Almirante on taking command of Naval Brigada III.

Vice Almirante Gomez; age 58; born 1890, joined Navy in 1910 and became an officer cadet in 1914, graduated 1917 and joined the Cruiser force and from 1925 commanding the cruiser Nueve de Julio. He saw action in the 1921 war serving aboard La Argentina when the ship was sunk he rescued three trapped sailors below decks earning him a bravery award. In 1931 he served as a commander 3rd Destroyer Squadron as a Contra Almirante. In late 1934 he took command of the 1st Destroyer Squadron. A cruiser officer by heart he favours the gun over the torpedo but always acts with the élan of a destroyer skipper and believes in innovative action. He is a close friend of Murphy, both having been at College together. Promoted to the rank of Vice Almirante in February 1941 and given command of the new Battlecruiser Squadron.

Vice Almirante Mendez; age 46, born 1902, served on destroyers since joining the Navy in 1922, rose to command a destroyer in 1927 and in 1930 promoted to his current rank he was chosen to head the Submarine Section of the Naval College and he went aboard to Germany for specialist training. He returned in late 1932 to head the course and in April 1933 was selected to lead the Submarine Squadron. He believed strongly in the purchase and operation of submarines since his the start of his career and few in the Navy know who to use them better. In 1936 he was promoted Contra Almirante. In 1941 he was promoted to Vice Almirante.

Vice Almirante Sarimento; age 52; born 1896, joined the Navy in 1914 he served aboard the Moreno and was severely wounded during the 1921 War while serving as a junior officer. He transferred to heavy cruisers and served aboard the Garibaldi until 1927. He completed the Naval Academy course during 1929 and was posted to the Naval Staff at Bahia Blanca. Here he met Almirante Peablo while he was still at the War Plans Division. Both shared ideas on naval aviation and the practical uses of the carrier. Although Peablo was to move on Sarimento remained in the Naval Staff until 1933 when he was promoted and went back to sea aboard the Espora which he commanded until its major refit during the war. When Peablo became Chief-of-Staff he sent for Sarimento to join the Staff once more and was given the task of overseeing the construction and equipping of the carrier fleet and selecting suitable crew and pilots. He trained Capitan de Navio Torrez-Bucholz and together they left for Japan to take up command of the new carrier Guardabosques. He was promoted Contra Almirante and replaced his former mentor Almirante Peablo as commander of the Carrier Squadron in 1939. He was promoted Vice Almirante in 1941 and posted as Direccion-General de Aviacion Naval (Director-General of Naval Aviation) in early 1942.

Vice Almirante Fandangos; age 56; born 1892, served aboard the capital ships of the fleet 1908-21, taught at the Naval Academy between 1922 and 1928 and again between 1937-38. Since then he has held a number of staff positions and was the Assistant Chief of Commissioning and his fastidious technical approach has served him well as every new ship was tested under his watchful eye. He was given command of the cruiser Capitan Juan Domingo Peron in 1939 and in early 1941 took command of the 4th Cruiser Squadron.

Vice Almirante Durango; age 54; born 1894, commissioned as an officer in 1910, was the gunnery officer on the old Puyerredon in the 1921 war and took command of the Capitan Gascon in 1937 and was promoted Contra Almirante in 1938 and in 1941 was given command of the Puyerredon and the squadron she is a sole member of. A fair man he is well-liked by his crew and cuts a dashing figure quite unlike most big ship captains. Promoted Vice Almirante in 1942 and given command of the 1st Battleship Division.

Vice Almirante Roho; age 48; born 1900, his early naval career was aboard heavy cruisers of the Garibaldi type until the effects of the 1921 War. Seeing his opportunity he transferred to destroyers and studied torpedo warfare, by 1929 he had his own command and in 1931 rose to command the 2nd Destroyer Squadron. A quick minded man his tempers make him a considerably feared man but many consider him just and endowed with a flair for close combat. In 1936 he was given command of the new 4th Destroyer Squadron with four new torpedo destroyers to form a potent surface strike unit. In early 1939 he was promoted Contra Almirante and given command of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron. Promoted to Vice Almirante in July 1944.

Vice Almirante D’Stanza; age 44; born 1904, joined the Navy in 1924 during the post-war recruitment drive and has served since then on a number of destroyers and became commander of the destroyer King in 1931, promoted to Capitan de Navio in 1935 and given command of the old escorts of the 5th Destroyer Division. Commanding 4th Destroyer division from 1937. He was attached to the Training Division in 1939. In 1941 promoted to Contra Almirante he was given command of the 6th Destroyer Squadron. In late 1944 he was promoted Vice Almirante and became Flag Officer Destroyers.

Vice Almirante Torrez-Bucholz; age 47; born 1901, son of an émigré German naval officer, he joined the Navy at 16 and enrolled to become an officer cadet in 1921. He rose through the ranks quickly and became the aide to the Naval Attaché to the United States in 1929 and became interested in carrier warfare. He learnt to fly and served in the Aviacion Naval 1931-33, he returned to sea aboard the Libertad in late 1933 and was promoted to command the destroyer Mendoza on the outbreak of war. In July 1934 he joined the Naval Staff and was selected to command the first Argentine carrier by Almirante Peablo (a good friend of his father) and underwent a Staff course before setting off to Japan to form his crew and he organised a training regime with the Japanese for 2,300 sailors within two weeks. He was promoted to Contra Almirante in early 1942 and became commander of the Carrier Squadron. In early 1945 he was promoted to Vice Almirante.

Vice Almirante Salvero; age 57; born 1891, an officer since 1917 he has commanded most of the transport vessels in the Navy and spent three years commanding the training ship Presidente Sarimento. In 1941 he was promoted to Contra Almirante and given command of the Auxiliary Squadron as that formations first high-ranking commanding officer. Since 1939 he has led the training and support for underway replenishment at sea. In March 1948 he was promoted Vice Almirante and took command of the Training Squadron.

Vice Almirante Bahia; age 42; born 1906, joined the Navy during the 1921 War he was chosen to enter the Naval Academy. One of Almirante Peablo’s protégés he has been promoted very quickly and since 1931 commanded the 1st Torpedo Boat Squadron. A skilled seaman he has won the hearts of his crews and seems to combine all the best elements of an able officer with all the vigour of youth. In mid-1935 he was given command of the 4th Cruiser Squadron on its formation and post-war took command of the newly re-formed 2nd Torpedo Destroyer Squadron. Promoted to Contra Almirante in late 1940 he took command of the 1st Destroyer Squadron within four months. In 1948 he was promoted Vice Almirante and became Flag Officer Destroyers.

Contra Almirante Honchez; age 46; born 1902, served as an engineering officer since 1926 aboard destroyers he is one of the few of that branch who have rose to active command. Appointed to lead the 4th Destroyer Squadron in 1930 his engineering skills have helped to keep his elderly boats in fine running order. A simple man with few needs and little conversation he has the ability to use logic, his main useful traits, however, are loyalty and obedience to his superior officers. In 1936 he briefly took command of the 2nd Destroyer Squadron before becoming the Chief of Naval Repairs in January 1937. After a staff course in late 1937 he was promoted to Contra Almirante and given command of 3rd Destroyer Squadron. In early 1944 his command was reorganised and he was assigned to command the Naval Engineering School at Bahia Blanca.

Contra Almirante Marabella; age 52; born 1896, joined the Navy as an officer cadet in 1916 he served in the 1921 War aboard the destroyer Salta and post-war found himself in command of several small harbour vessels and by 1931 commanded the Salta. During the South American War he commanded the 2nd Patrol Squadron commanding a flotilla of Project 611 patrol boats with good results. In late 1938 he was promoted to the rank of Capitan de Navio and in 1939 was given command of the newly formed 5th Destroyer Squadron with the latest escort destroyers of the Navy with his flag aboard the Ferre. His anti-submarine skills are among the best in the Navy and between 1935 and 1938 he commanded three anti-submarine exercises and ran a Staff Course on the subject at the Bahia Blanca Naval Officers School. In March 1940 he was promoted to Contra-Almirante. In early 1945 he took command of the reorganised 4th Destroyer Squadron with its Italian-built anti-submarine destroyers.

Contra Almirante Stellos D’Annucio; age 40; born 1908, joined the Navy in 1924, another Naval Academy student he was given his first command in 1930, in 1933 he commanded a Corrientes Class torpedo boat. Promoted in late 1934 he has been given command of the 2nd Torpedo Boat Squadron and by 1936 commanded the sole such command left and was decorated for bravery. Promoted to Contra Almirante in late 1940 and he took command of the 3rd Destroyer Squadron. In 1945 his command was reorganised as the 5th Destroyer Squadron.

Contra Almirante Guille; age 49; born 1899, joined the Navy as a boy in 1914 he has risen through the ranks and fought during the 1921 war as a torpedo midshipman. Promoted in 1931 and given a desk job as Assistant to Vice Almirante Belgrano after he gained a pilot’s licence in 1932. He returned to the sea in 1934 as a destroyer captain and was given command of 2nd Escort Squadron in mid-1935. Promoted to Contra Almirante he took command of the 3rd Escort Squadron. He was given command of the 4th Destroyer Division in 1942. In 1945 his command was reorganised and he was posted to Navy Headquarters.

Contra Admiral Madariaga; age 42; born 1906; served as a midshipman and commissioned in 1928, specialised in gunnery, served aboard the Libertad, became Captain of the Patagonia between 1934 and 1937. Undertook a staff course in 1938 and was posted to the Planning Staff. Served a one-year tour as commander of the gunnery school in 1941 and in early 1942 was promoted Contra Almirante and given command of the 2nd Battleship Squadron. In early 1945 his command was disbanded and he became Operations Officer at Naval Brigada II headquarters.

Contra Almirante Torres; age 44; born 1904, distinguished war service aboard the destroyer Mendoza led him to command of a minesweeper during the war and in 1937 he took command of the torpedo destroyer Defencia and in 1940 he undertook a Staff Course. In 1941 he was promoted to Contra Almirante and given command of the 2nd Escort Squadron.

Contra Almirante Dahmon-Sanchez; age 47, born 1901, a promising young officer cadet who served mainly on small torpedo craft and a transport ship and after a series of desk jobs was given command of the 1st Escort Squadron in 1935. Promoted to Contra Almirante in 1941.

Contra Almirante Lorenzo; age 47; born 1901, joined the Navy at 14 and he has worked through the ranks with sheer hard work and the tutelage of Vice Almirante Gomez. His career has been slower than some other brighter officers but he was promoted to Capitan de Navio in 1934 and since 1937 has commanded the 3rd Patrol Squadron. In 1942 he was promoted Contra Almirante and given command of the 3rd Escort Squadron. In early 1945 he was assigned a shore role in the administrative department of Naval Headquarters.

Contra Almirante Higgins; age 39; born 1909, son of the deceased Vice Almirante Higgins who died in combat in 1935. Joined the Navy at 15 and entered Cadet School, took command of the destroyer Salto in 1938. Soon showed great natural ability to command and a flair for tactical operations, became tactical officer for the 2nd Destroyer Division in 1940 and promoted to Capitan de Navio. Aide to Flag Officer Destroyers during 1941, promoted Contra Almirante late-1942 and given command of 7th Destroyer Division.

Contra Almirante Burros; age 51; born 1897, joined the Navy in 1914 as an officer cadet and passed out in 1917 and following the gunnery career path had a traditional career progression. In 1920 he became the Gunnery Officer of the Rivadavia and saw action aboard her during the 1922 War. In 1923 he was promoted and took command of the destroyer Salta. From 1924 to 1927 he taught at the Naval Academy, then was promoted to Captain and took command of the old cruiser Nueve de Julio. In 1930 he took command of the cruiser Veinticinco de Mayo. During the 1935 War he served as the captain of the cruiser Eclipse. Promoted Contra Almirante in 1938 he became Chief of Operations for the 2nd Cruiser Squadron. After returning to the Naval Academy during 1942-44 he returned to sea and took command of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron.

Contra Almirante Fardo; age 44; born 1904, joined the Navy at 13, entered officer school 1924 and was commissioned in 1928. Took command of the destroyer Salta in 1933 and had a distinguished war career in command of the destroyer Jujuy. He then commanded the Hercules. He then rotated through a series of desk jobs from 1938 before being given command of the 3rd Patrol Squadron in 1942. He is a protégé of Contra Almirante Marabella, being his aide during 1940, and in 1941 undertook an ASW tactics course. He late 1944 he was promoted and took command of the 5th Destroyer Squadron.

Contra Almirante Hoho; age 42; born 1906, joined the Navy at 28 after over a decade of merchant service on the Rio Paraguay and shortly after his commission the SA War began and he saw much active service on the river gunboats and in 1937 was given command of the 2nd River Squadron. In 1948 he was promoted to Contra Almirante and took command of the Auxiliary Squadron.

Contra Almirante Guerra-Rajo; age 43; born 1905, a graduate of the Naval Academy he served mainly on destroyers and during the war he was wounded and spent three months in hospital. In early 1937 he taught at the Academy and eventually became an ASW instructor. In late 1939 he was given command of the 2nd Patrol Squadron. In 1948 promotion to Contra Almirante finally came and he took command of the 1st Destroyer Division.

Capitan de Navio Esperanto; age 42; born 1906, joined the Navy in 1926 as an officer cadet and spent most of his career aboard the minelayer Fulton and became its commanding officer in 1933 and promoted to Commander Minelayer Squadron in July 1935.

Capitan de Navio Garbes; age 39; born 1909, an engineering graduate and naval cadet officer from 1931 he was promoted on the outbreak of war and became an engineer at Bahia Blanca and was given command of the Italian ships in the 3rd Escort Squadron in late 1935 and in 1936 took command of the Minesweeper Squadron. Since 1939 he has been studying for a masters degree in electronics.

Capitan de Navio Chavez; age 53; born 1895, joined the Navy in 1910 he served aboard the Trinidad and was severely wounded during the 1921 War. Destined to serve behind a desk for the next twenty years he longed to get back to the sea. After a bout of depression he tried to kill himself in 1927. He failed to complete the Naval Academy course during 1929 and returned to the administration Division at Bahia Blanca. Here he wrangled his way into the Base Support Flotilla and in 1932 was the command of a MTB. In 1935 having come to the attention of superior officers he was appointed to lead the Rio Parana Support Squadron. Some believe that he had served in Paraguay during 1934 under cover as a Naval Intelligence agent, a role he may have had since 1929. He was promoted Capitan de Navio in mid 1939 and was given command of the Gunboat Support Squadron.

Capitan de Navio Larges; age 37; born 1911, the son of a Captain he joined the cadets as a boy and passed through the Naval Academy in 1931 and he then served in a variety of shore roles until given command of the survey ship Alferez Mackinlay in 1934. In 1938 he was given command of the 4th Patrol Squadron and was decorated for his war service in 1935. In early 1945 his command was disbanded and he was posted to Naval Brigada I headquarters.

Capitan de Navio Farre; age 36; born 1912, he began his career in the Marines but transferred to the Navy in 1930 and has an interest in naval transport. He was present when the licence to build the Italian MZ1 class landing craft was signed in Italy. He commanded some of the transport ships in the fleet before being singled out to command the first landing craft flotilla in 1940 by the High Command. He took up command of the 1st Landing Craft Flotilla in September 1940.

Capitan de Navio D’Silva; age 39; born 1909, distantly related to the disgraced D’Silva family of infamy in Argentine politics his career has suffered as a result and his superior officers have labelled him as a potential unreliable officer. While he has fought hard to disprove these biases, and he won two gallantry awards during the War, he has only been given command of the 1st Patrol Squadron which he took over in late 1938.

Capitan de Navio Fernando; age 38; born 1910, a playboy of the Navy he is the son of a wealthy businessman and his lifestyle and attitude have suited him more to the daring life of Motor Torpedo Boats along with the relaxed discipline. A commander of the first Argentine MTB in commission he proved himself during the war sinking 40,000 tons of shipping and during the last month of the war he was given command of the 1st MTB Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Torrez; age 36; born 1912, a young officer he has commanded two MTBs and in early 1941 was promoted and given command of the 2nd MTB Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Jules; age 40, born 1908, this laid-back officer was among the first five MTB skippers in the Navy and after sinking two ships during the war he formed the first Naval Academy Course on MTB Warfare and Leadership and ran this course until late 1940, he was given command of the 3rd MTB Flotilla in mid-1941.

Captain de Navio King; age 35; born 1913, joined the Navy at 15, served aboard the battleship Libertad, entered officer school in 1933 and commissioned in 1935. Served during the war aboard the cruiser Veinticinco de Mayo and survived her sinking. After recovering from wounds he was posted ashore and in 1938 took command of a tug at Bahia Blanca. In 1940 he was given command of an MTB with the 2nd MTB Squadron. A hard worker and intelligent officer in late 1942 he was promoted to Captain and was chosen to lead the newly formed 7th MTB Squadron when it was formed in 1943. He took command of the 2nd Patrol Squadron in March 1948.

Capitan de Navio Fasson; age 43; born 1905, born to a French father and Argentine mother, joined the Navy in 1929 and served aboard a variety of vessels. Posted to various admin shore posts since 1937. Given promotion to Captain in 1941 and was Harbour Commander at Purto Santa Cruz. In 1943 he was given a sea command, the newly formed 2nd landing Craft Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Santander; age 41; born 1907, one of Argentina’s early film stars when war broke out in 1935 he volunteered to join the Navy. He attended an officer’s course and passed out near the end of the war. He served aboard the destroyer Mendoza during the last few weeks of the war. He chose to remain in the service post-war and was promoted and served aboard the carrier Independencia 1937-39. He attended a staff course in 1939 and was then promoted to the Naval Staff of Naval Brigada II. Ever the publicist and thrill-seeker he sought a sea command and in 1941 was posted to the torpedo boat Intrepida. In 1943 he was given command of the newly-formed 5th MTB Squadron.

Capitan de Navio Bouchard; age 32; born 1916, the son of Vice Almirante Bouchard who was killed during the South American War. He joined the Navy at 15 and served aboard MTBs during the war with some success. He was then posted to the 2nd Destroyer Division and in 1938 was promoted and served a tour aboard the carrier Independencia and then the destroyer Juan de Garray. He was then transferred to the carrier Avispón after a brief spell ashore. In 1941 he became an instructor with the Training Squadron aboard the MTB TM17 and led the Naval Academy Course on MTB Warfare and Leadership after Capitan Jules. He was chosen to lead the new 4th MTB Squadron in 1943. In 1948 he took command of the 2nd River Squadron.

Captain de Navio Vasquez; age 34; born 1914, joined the Navy in 1934 and served during the war aboard the cruiser Commandante General Irigoyen. In 1936 he was selected for officer training and in 1939 passed out and then was posted to the torpedo school. In 1940 he joined the destroyer Pinedo and during 1941 was promoted and posted to the destroyer leader Sarandi. In 1942 he was given command of the torpedo boat Corrientes. Promoted again in early 1943 he was selected as a torpedo expert to command the newly-formed 6th MTB Squadron

Capitan de Navio Sobral; age 32; born 1916, joined the Navy in 1932, served aboard the transport Patagonia until 1935 when selected for officer training. Passed out in 1940 and given command of an MTB in 1941. Selected for promotion due to his exceptional organisational ability and given command of the newly-formed 1st Motor Minesweeper Flotilla in January 1943 upon promotion to the rank of Capitan de Navio.

Captain de Navio Somellera; age 41, born 1906. Joined the Navy as a midshipman in 1923. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy he was posted to the destroyer San Luis. In 1930 he was transferred to the training ship Presidente Sarimento and in 1932 joined the Mine Warfare Department at the Naval Academy. Here he became a protégé of its commander, Contra Almirante Martinez Muhon, and in 1934 was given command of the minesweeper Republica. During the war he distinguished himself dodging aerial attacks and keeping several important sea lanes free of mines. Again promoted in 1936 he briefly commanded the Mine Warfare Training Ship Fulton and then became an instructor at the Mine Warfare Department. In 1942 he commanded the destroyer Thorne. In 1943 he was given command of the 2nd Motor Minesweeper Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Andres; age 41, born 1907. Son of a fisherman along the rough Patagonian coast where he learnt the hard way about the sea, he joined the Navy in 1924. He failed to gain entry into the Academy but worked his way through the ranks. He served aboard numerous destroyers between 1926 and 1930 before he was posted to the tanker Ministro Ezcurra. Between 1932 and 1934 he trained at the Engineering Department of the Academy. He was posted to the cruiser Almirante Brown just as war broke out in 1935. During the war he was transferred to a Chaco Class patrol boat on escort duty. After an aerial attack in which the engineering officer was killed he kept the engines running and was badly burned by a raging fire as he stuck to his post. During his recuperation he finished his officer studies (which he began before the war started) and graduated in 1936 as a Lieutenant. He served in several shore posts but eventually persuaded his commanding officer to get him a sea posting. He served aboard a Chaco Class ship between 1939-41 and was given his own command in 1942 of another Chaco Class vessel. During that year he saved ten fishermen off the Patagonian coast when their boat founded in heavy seas. In 1943 he was promoted to Captain de Navio and owing to his exceptional seamanship was given command of the newly-formed 3rd Motor Minesweeper Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Bernardi; age 41, born 1907. Son of a farmer in the foothills of the Andes, he did not see the sea until he joined the Navy at 18 in 1925. He served aboard several gunboats on the Rio Paraguay before becoming an officer’s steward on the cruiser Bouchard in 1928. He was promoted to Petty Officer in 1931 and Chief Petty Officer in 1934. During the war he served aboard the light cruiser Delante. After the war he entered the Naval Academy and passed out in 1937. He commanded his first vessel, a tug, in 1939 and in 1943 took command of a Chaco Class patrol boat. In late 1944 he was promoted to Captain de Navio and during March 1945 took command of the new 4th Motor Minesweeper Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Mariotti; age 33; born 1915, joined the Navy in 1931, son a naval officer, he entered the Navy as an officer cadet and passed out in 1933 and was immediately sent to war. Serving aboard minesweepers he was wounded by shrapnel during an air raid in September 1934. After recovering he spent some time in a shore role but returned to sea during the final month of the war aboard the destroyer Mendoza. He was posted to a patrol boat in 1935 and took command of another in 1936. During 1939 he attended a mine warfare course. He took command of the minesweeper Guardia in July 1940 and was promoted to Captain de Navio. In early 1945 he was given command of the newly formed 5th Motor Minesweeper Flotilla.

Captain de Navio Campabassa; age 33; born 1915, the son of a fisherman he went to sea at eleven and joined the Navy in 1930. He served aboard his first ship, a Project 611 patrol boat, in 1933 and saw wartime service. He became a Chief Petty Officer in 1937 and was selected to undertake officer training in 1941. He did not command his first vessel, a tug, until 1943 but soon moved to a patrol boat in 1944 and given his sea experience and great tactical skill he was promoted to Captain de Navio in early 1945 and given command of the 3rd Patrol Squadron.

Captain de Navio Spinetti; age 30; born 1918, joined the Navy after leaving school in 1936 as one of the wartime expansion intakes. Selected for officer training in 1937 he has served a variety of junior officer roles on destroyers until he completed his qualifications to become a torpedo officer in 1942. Serving in that capacity aboard the destroyer Lynch he found his only chance of further promotion and command was to join either the submarine or MTB branches of the service. He chose the latter in 1945 and took command of MAS M-25 in September 1946. He was promoted to command 4th MTB Squadron in 1948.

Capitan de Navio Fernandez; age 31, born 1917, joined the Navy during the SA War recruitment drive, after graduation from the Naval Academy in 1938 he has served aboard several patrol craft and minesweepers. During 1945-46 he served as an ASW instructor at the Academy and has written a thesis on the topic which has been widely read through the Navy. Command of his own ship came in January 1947 with a new patrol craft, P7. In 1948 eager for a formation command he took the next available opportunity, the 2nd MTB Squadron.


Ex-Officers
Almirante Peron; born 1867, joined the Navy as an officer cadet he became a gunnery officer, a sure path to the top. In 1915 he became the Chief Gunnery Officer aboard the Moreno and in 1921 he was among the few survivors when that ship was sunk. In 1922 he became the Fleet Gunnery Officer, a post he held until 1929 when he became the Fleet Training Officer and the commander of the Training Squadron. A very thorough man his attention to details and almost encyclopaedic knowledge marked him out as a man of brilliant ability, despite his lack of humour and stiff bearing. He retired in April 1936.

Almirante Benedicto; born 1876, joined Navy as an officer cadet after leaving Cordoba university in 1897, he specialised in gunnery and became in due course gunnery officer of the Rivadavia in 1918 after serving on most of the heavy cruisers and ironclads, he missed the 1921 war owing to TB but he recovered and was promoted Capitan de Navio in 1923 and commanded the Independencia, in 1927 he commanded the Libertad as Rear Admiral, promoted to Vice Adm. he was head of the gunnery school from 1929-31 and recently he was promoted to full Admiral and is the de-facto Admiral of the Fleet. He prides himself on knowing all the sailors names on the Libertad and although quick tempered and impatient he has a clear decisive mind and he believes heavy accurate gunfire will sink any ship, he has little faith in the attacking capabilities of aircraft. He was replaced as the Navy CoS in early 1934, later that year he represented Argentina at the San Francisco talks. He retained his command of the 1st Battleship Squadron. In March 1937 he once again became CoS. He retired in February 1939.

Almirante Peablo; born 1882, the youngest Admiral for many years this fine sailor graduated from the Naval Academy Class of 1910 as the best of the year, taken under the wing of Admiral Gomez-Chiladeo as his aide he learnt his trade not just from books but also at sea, shipwrecked twice and given an award of bravery in 1917 he rose to become a Capitan de Navio by 1919 and commanded the destroyer division from 1920-22 seeing action in the 1921 war, post-war he was on the Naval Committee which looked into the defeat and later chaired a series of lectures on naval tactics, by 1925 he was promoted Rear Admiral and was in charge of the War Plans division, a position he held until 1929 when he rejoined the active fleet as the 1st Cruiser Division commander, in 1930 he became Vice Admiral and in early 1931 was made responsible for fleet reconnaissance and drafted the recent Light Scout Cruiser specification and judged the final entries. Perhaps the most gifted tactician the Navy has he has studied all the great naval battles and leaders and has absorbed the latest in naval technology. This led him to raise the issue of carrier warfare within the Naval Staff and he issued the resulting specification for such a ship. The struggle for support led to a power struggle within the Staff which was won by Peablo who became CoS in early 1934. He was removed from his post in March 1937 and given command of the carrier force. In early 1939 he was removed from the Carrier Squadron (partly due to fears from the new CoS about his influence on the two carrier commanders and the threat that might pose to his position if Peablo tried to regain the CoS seat) to head the Training Squadron when Contra Almirante Garibaldi retired in 1939. In the 1941 shake-up of the Navy he was appointed to head the Fifth Naval Brigade. Retired March 1942.

Almirante Galindez; born 1873, a promising cadet he quickly rose to the rank of Captain de Navio by 1906, in 1918 he left active service as a Contra Almirante and became Naval Attaché to the United States. In 1922 he took up post in Italy and by 1924 was attaché for Brazil. In 1927 he became the main export agent for the AFNE shipyard. In 1928 he became Naval Attaché to Nordmark, a post he held for one year before becoming the head of the Argentine Naval Commission in Europe. This post was created to handle all naval research, design, export and construction contracts in Europe. An extension was agreed to extend his tour of duty and he retired in early 1942.

Almirante Dominguez; born 1879, joined Navy as officer cadet and specialised in engineering, he became the chief engineer of many warships including Trinidad during his active duty until he entered the Naval Academy in 1922, passed out in 1925 as a full Captain and commanded a series of destroyers and light cruisers until made Rear Adm. in 1929 and placed in command of 1st Cruiser Division, he studied naval tactics under Peablo and in late 1930 was placed in command of Trinidad and promoted to present rank. In early 1933 he took up the command of the 1st Cruiser Squadron. Although no serious disciplinary action was taken after his poor decisions during the 1933 Fleet Exercises Peablo has taken a personal dislike to the man and now doubts his tactical abilities. This may prove to be a serious brake on his career ambitions for the time being. A sound officer who is capable of planning and tactics he lacks any real fighting qualifications and has always been referred to by his crews, with affection, as the ‘grease monkey’, he is good at getting results and efficiency, key qualities which promoted him after the effects of 1921. In March 1937 he was promoted to Almirante. In February 1939 he was promoted to CoS of the Navy on the retirement of Almirante Benedicto. In mid-February 1942 he took over command of Naval Brigada V, his final posting before retirement. In February 1944 he retired from the Navy.

Almirante Velazco; born 1888, joined the Navy as an officer cadet, passed the Naval Academy course in 1910 and served aboard the Rividavia and Capitan Gascon, became the latter’s Navigation Officer during the 1921 War, in 1923 joined the Naval Academy as an lecturer, visited Britain for two years from 1925. On his return he was promoted Captain de Navio and given command of the cruiser General Puyerredon. In 1929 he commanded the Libertad and after passing through Staff College became Benedicto’s Operations Officer, passed over to command the 2nd Battleship Squadron in 1933 he took another desk job. In mid-1934 he took command of the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. Promoted to Vice Almirante January 1938. He took command of the 4th Cruiser Squadron in early 1939. In 1941 he was given command of the Battleship Squadron. In March 1942 he was promoted to Almirante and given command of Naval Brigada II. In March 1944 he was appointed to command Brigada Naval V.

Vice Almirante Higgins; born 1892, died 1935, joined the Navy in 1912 and in 1915 joined the crew of the Moreno, badly wounded when that ship was sunk he was invalided from active seagoing service and he entered the Naval Academy. By 1926 he was a Contra Almirante and after a series of desk jobs, including a spell in Naval Intelligence, he returned to sea in 1930, in early 1935 promoted to a Vice Almirante he took command of the 3rd Destroyer Squadron and was appointed Flag Officer Destroyers. Although well liked some officers believe he is not fitted to such a command being a battleship man and having too much land-time to fully grasp modern, fast naval combat. Drowned when his destroyer Heroina went down in combat June 13th 1935.

Almirante Smith-Sabatini; born 1888, a boy sailor from 1902, as a Chief Petty Officer in 1921 he saw action, moved to gunnery and worked his way through the ranks aboard the new Italian heavy cruisers before being offered his own command in 1930, a river gunboat. He accepted and after drastically improving the ship’s efficiency and morale was appointed commander of the Gunboat Support Squadron. Seeing action in 1934 during the Parana Incident he was praised for his brave and quick actions and thorough planning of the successful operation. He was promoted Contra Almirante in reward for his sterling war record. He was promoted to command the 4th Destroyer Squadron in January 1939. In 1941 he was given command of Brigada Naval III. Promoted Almirante in January 1942.

Vice Almirante Bouchard; born 1889, died 1935, older brother of Contra Almirante Bouchard, joined the Navy at 16 as an officer cadet he was received his first command in 1910, the gunboat Parana. He then took command of the Patria in 1913 and the cruiser Nueve de Julio in 1916. In 1919 he was promoted to Rear Adm. and took command of the Gunboat Division until 1921. During the war he served aboard the Independencia and by 1922 was in command of the 1st Battleship Squadron aboard the new Captain Gascon. Made a Vice Adm. in 1924 he became the head of the Naval Tactics School at Bahia Blanca, a post he held until 1929. He commanded the 2nd Cruiser Squadron 1930-31 and now has taken command of the 2nd Battleship Squadron. Went down with his ship, the battlecruiser Pampas, in June 16th 1935.

Vice Almirante Belgrano; born 1879, joined the Navy in 1894 and followed a career in gunnery. By 1910 he was a Capitan de Navio commanding a light cruiser. In 1916 he took command of the Rividavia. Since 1912 he had followed a hobby ashore, flying. By 1915 he owned an aircraft and was taking lessons himself. In 1918 he passed the Air Force Flying Course along with three other Navy filers to form an embryo Naval Air Unit. He gave up his command and was appointed Flag Officer Air. He was the sole architect and driving force behind the formation of the Commando de Aviacion Naval Argentina. Although it’s de-facto leader he was not appointed Direccion-General de Aviacion Naval (Director-General of Naval Aviation) until mid 1929. Promoted to the rank of Vice Almirante March 1936 as recognition of his successful war work. He retired in May 1942.

Vice Almirante Geddings; born 1887, the third son of an Anglo-Argo family he loved the sea as a boy and he joined the Officer Cadet school in 1907, he served on cruisers throughout his career, missed combat in the Argo-Nordmark war due to an overseas Embassy posting and again during the South American War he was the naval Attaché to Britain. He returned in late 1938 and then became commander of Comodoro Rivadavia naval base and in 1941 was appointed to command the 1st Cruiser Squadron. He retired in late 1944.

Contra Almirante Garibaldi; born 1877, joined the Navy as a boy in 1894 he has served in many vessels, despite following a career in gunnery he has failed to progress very far. An able officer but lacking any serious flair he has been passed over for several promotions and now commands the last few elderly destroyers in Argentine service. He is a staunch ally of Almirante Benedicto and steadfastly supports the gun over the torpedo and aircraft. Given command of the new Italian destroyers on loan in late 1935. He is slated to join the War Plans Division in 1937 and in 1936 took command of the 3rd Destroyer Squadron. Promoted to Contra Almirante in 1938 and given command of the Training Squadron, his last post before retiring. He retired in March 1939.


Paraguay
Almirante Jose Alfredo Bozzano Baglietto; age 53; born 1895 in San Jeronimo near the old dockyard there and he studied law before joining the Navy as a cadet, he was commissioned in 1917. In May 1920 he was sent to the US for further studies of Naval Engineering and he joined the Cambridge Institute of Technology, Massachusetts. In 1924 he graduated as a naval architect and engineer. He went on to graduate school and in 1925 received a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering. He returned to Paraguay and on March 9, 1925 was appointed director of the War and Navy dockyards. Bozzano himself designed to himself the designs of the Humaita Class gunboats and he led the team that arranged for European construction of the boats. Before the civil war he also became the Minister of Economics. During the Civil War he switched sides and after the war after much industrious action making munitions and trucks at the Naval Yard he became the chief representative of the Paraguayan Navy and in 1941 he took command of the Brigada Naval V as the head of the joint Argo-Paraguayan Navy Unit.

Contra Almirante Guido; age 50, born 1898, joined the Paraguayan Navy in 1927 and was commissioned in 1931 and was in command of several gunboats before the Civil War. During the Civil War he deserted over to the Argentine lines with the gunboat Capitan Cabral and was aboard her when she later sank. In March 1938 he was given the command of the gunboat Paraguay and in early in 1940 became the liaison officer with the Argentine Navy before taking command of the 1st River Squadron based in Encarnation, a decision largely taken on political grounds since although he commands the Squadron all the ships have Argentine officers and remain Argentine ships and he is in reality a Flag Officer only. In March 1944 he was promoted to Contra Almirante.

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