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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, Almirante Brown 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 Vasquez: 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 Vega: 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 [Punta Medanos, Punta Delgado Q3/49]
1st Landing Craft Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Esposito: ARA LC1 – LC6 [LC13 – LC14 Q3/49]
2nd Landing Craft Flotilla, Capitan de Navio Fasson: ARA LC7 – LC12 [LC15 – LC16 Q4/49]

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 M130 – M34
2nd MTB Squadron, Capitan de Navio Fernandez: ARA ML2 and M35 – M39
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 Madariaga: 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 [M40 – M44 Q2/49]
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 Salvero

Bahia Blanca[/b]
Training Squadron, Vice Almirante Guille: 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 [Q2/49 supply ship Proveedor]
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 Garbes: 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-105, T-106, T-107
One fast patrol craft MAS(L): PNA T-103
Three river patrol craft: PNA PC-101, PC-102, PC1-03

This post has been edited 10 times, last edit by "Hood" (Jun 23rd 2013, 11:44am)


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Monday, July 2nd 2007, 10:13pm

Naval Biographies

Naval Biographies

Almirante Bouchard; age 53, 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. In June 1948 he became Commander-in-Chief of the Navy.

Almirante Moreno; age 54, 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 59; 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. He was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Navy in mid-1948.

Almirante Martinez Muhon; age 49; 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.

Almirante Gomez; age 59; 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. In 1948 he was promoted to Almirante and appointed to command Naval Brigada II

Almirante Fandangos; age 57; 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. In 1948 he was promoted Almirante and took command of Fleet Support Command.

Almirante D’Stanza; age 45; 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. In 1948 he took command of Naval Brigada I and he shortly afterwards was promoted to Almirante.

Almirante Salvero; age 58; 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. In January 1949 he took command of Training Command from the retiring Almirante Teisaire and was promoted to Almirante.

Vice Almirante Mendez; age 47, 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. In the summer of 1948 he became Commander-in-Chief of Submarine Command.

Vice Almirante Sarimento; age 53; 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 Durango; age 55; 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. In March 1949 he was posted to the Naval Staff College.

Vice Almirante Roho; age 49; 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 Torrez-Bucholz; age 48; 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 Bahia; age 43; 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.

Vice Almirante Madariaga; age 43; 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. In 1948 he was promoted to Vice Almirante and took command of the 3rd Cruiser Squadron. In March 1949 he took command of the 2nd Battle Squadron.

Vice Almirante Burros; age 52; 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. In June 1948 he took command of the 1st Battle Squadron and promoted to Vice Almirante.

Vice Almirante Swan; age 53; born 1896, born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, his parents emigrated to Argentina when he was a small child. He joined the Royal Navy in 1916 and on his return to Argentina in 1918 he joined the Argentine Navy. He served in the 1921 War aboard the destroyer Segui and post-war found himself in command of several torpedo craft and by 1931 commanded the Segui. During the South American War he commanded the cruiser Orca. Injured by bomb splinters he was given a desk job and soon found himself in the mine warfare community and in 1939 he brought Italian sweeping equipment. Between 1940 and 1943 he commanded the Mine School and became Deputy Head of the Naval Academy in 1945. Promoted Vice Almirante in June 1946 he took command Rawson Naval Base and in 1948 took command of the Mine Warfare Command.

Vice Almirante Higgins; age 40; 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. In 1948 he took command of the 1st Cruiser Squadron and was promoted to Vice Almirante.

Vice Almirante Guille; age 50; 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. In 1949 he took command of the Training Squadron and was promoted to Vice Almirante.

Vice Almirante Vasquez; age 45; born 1904, joined the Navy in 1920, attaining officer rank in 1926 he commanded a series of ships and has spent almost all his career at sea in a variety of vessels. During the SA War he commanded the General San Martin. Although widely assumed to become one of the cruiser commanders of the future his career took another turn and by 1946 he was commanding the destroyer tender ARA Cabo San Antonio. In 1948 he was promoted for his posting as commander of the 3rd Support Squadron. In early 1949 he was reassigned back to cruisers and on promotion to Vice Almirante was given command of the 3rd Cruiser Squadron.

Contra Almirante Honchez; age 47; 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. In 1948 he returned to his old destroyer command.

Contra Almirante Marabella; age 53; 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 41; 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 Torres; age 45; 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 46, 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 48; 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. In 1948 he was appointed to command the Prefectura Naval Argentina.

Contra Almirante Fardo; age 45; 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 43; 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, later reformed as the 1st Support Squadron in the same year.

Contra Almirante Guerra-Rajo; age 44; 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.

Contra Almirante Alterra; age 45, born 1904, joined the Navy in 1922 and on graduating from the Naval Academy in 1928 he served on destroyers until the formation of the Submarine Force in 1932 when he attended the Submarine Section of the Naval College and he went aboard to Germany for specialist training. In April 1933 he was given his first command, the submarine Salta. Carrying out six successful operations during the South American War he has since commanded no less than four of the Navy’s submarines and in 1945 he was promoted Contra Almirante and commanded the Submarine Section of the Naval College. In the summer of 1948 he succeeded his mentor, Vice Almirante Mendez to command the Submarine Squadron.

Contra Almirante Alhambra; age 41; born 1908, joined the Navy in 1924, another Naval Academy student he was given his first command in 1933 when he commanded a Corrientes Class torpedo boat. Joining the new tanker fleet post-war he pioneered at-sea refuelling in the fleet and lectured on the subject at the Naval College. Promoted in late 1944 he has held several top logistical roles in the Naval Staff. In 1948 he was given command of the 2nd Support Squadron.

Contra Almirante Garbes; age 40; 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 which he obtained in 1942. In early 1949 he was promoted to Contra Almirante and a month later was reassigned to the 3rd Support Squadron.

Capitan de Navio Esperanto; age 43; 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 Chavez; age 54; 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 38; 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 37; 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. In 1948 he took command of the 1st Transport Squadron.

Capitan de Navio D’Silva; age 40; 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 39; 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. In 1948 he took command of the Fast Boat Training Flotilla

Capitan de Navio Torrez; age 37; born 1912, a young officer he has commanded two MTBs and in early 1941 was promoted and given command of the 2nd MTB Flotilla. In 1948 he was given command of the 2nd Motor Minesweeper Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Jules; age 41, 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 36; 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 42; 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. In 1948 he was given the 5th Motor Minesweeper Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Bouchard; age 33; 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 35; 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 33; 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 43, 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. In 1948 he took command of the new 2nd Minelayer Squadron.

Capitan de Navio Andres; age 42, 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 42, 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 34; 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. In 1948 he took command of the 2nd Minesweeper Squadron.

Captain de Navio Campabassa; age 34; 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 31; 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 32, 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.

Capitan de Navio Carrenda; age 45, born 1904, joined the Navy in 1923 and on graduating from the Naval Academy in 1929 he served as a torpedo officer on cruisers until joining the Submarine Force in 1934. In May 1935 he was given his first command, the submarine Spiro. Carrying out four successful operations during the South American War. In 1937 he became Naval Officer, Torpedoes at the Naval Arsenal and in 1942 rejoined the Submarine Force as its seagoing training officer. In 1945 he joined the Technical Team sent to Japan to help develop the S Class. On his return he took command of the training submarine Capitan Jones. In the summer of 1948 he took command the of the Submarine Training Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Marcos; age 43; born 1906, joined the Navy in 1930 from the Merchant Marine, selected for the Naval Academy he graduated in 1934 and served aboard the transport America before joining the destroyer Murature during the war. In 1936 he joined the carrier Guardabosques and in 1938 took command of a small tanker and in 1942 commanded a Chaco Class minesweeper. In 1944 he undertook a shore posting and in 1946 joined the Submarine Force in a logistics shore role. In 1947 he took command of the submarine tender Delphin and in the summer of 1948 took command of the Submarine Command Support Flotilla.

Captain de Navio Basque; age 44; born 1906. Joined the Navy as a midshipman in 1923. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1926 he was posted to the destroyer Segui. In 1930 he was transferred to the cruiser Commandante General Irigoyen and in 1934 was given command of the minesweeper Mantila. During the war he distinguished himself in his dogged efforts to keep the sea lanes to the south open, even endeavouring to try and ram an enemy submarine. He then became an instructor at the Mine Warfare Department and in 1942 took command of the Republica then became Chief of Operations of the Minelaying Squadron. In 1948 he took command of the new Mine Warfare Command Training Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Esposito; age 37; born 1918, joined the Navy in 1935 and rose to Chief Petty Officer by 1943. In 1945 was selected for officer training and was put in command of a harbour tug in 1946 followed by an MZ1 Class landing craft in late 1947. He was given promotion to Captain in 1948 and command of the 1st landing Craft Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Dandi; age 53; born 1896; joined the Navy as a boy and rose through its ranks to become an Engineer Officer by 1930. He has served on many ships and is one of the best known engineering officers in the fleet. Decorated for his war service in 1935 he took command of the crane ship Bahia in 1944 and since then has also commanded tugs and tankers. In 1948 took command of the Bahia Blanca Base Support Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Montazeri; age 32; born 1917; joined the Navy during the SA War recruitment drive. Serving in the Engineering Branch he was selected as officer material only in 1945 and took command of a harbour tug. In 1948 he took command of the Viedma Base Support Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Palermo; age 45; born 1904; joined the Navy in 1921 in the Nordmark War recruitment drive. He served aboard destroyers and torpedo ships for most of his career. He commanded the torpedo Pinedo on it commissioning, surviving its sinking during the SA War. A succession of desk jobs followed before commanding the yacht Capitan de Navio Parker. In 1948 he took command of the Comodoro Rivadavia Base Support Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Zappa; age 39; born 1910; the son of an Italian immigrant he joined the Navy as soon as he could. Joining the MTB fleet in the midst of the SA War he sank one ship during a night time sortie and since the war has commanded two MTBs and a motor gunboat on the Rio Paraguay. He was given command of the 5th MTB Flotilla in the summer of 1948.

Capitan de Navio Ferdinand-Muhon; age 35; born 1914; graduated from the Naval Academy in 1938 he became an engineer before joining the Bahia Arsenal in 1946 and in 1947 took command of the Rawson Base Support Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Foscarelli; age 36; born 1913; graduated from the Naval Academy in 1937 he served aboard the battleship Rivadavia before joining the destroyer Mendoza in 1940. During several years of shore duties he became an instructor at the Bahia Blanca Naval College. In 1946 he joined the Staff of Naval Brigada III. He took command of the Puerto Deseado Base Support Flotilla in mid-1948.

Capitan de Navio Palermo; age 45; born 1904; joined the Navy in 1921 in the Nordmark War recruitment drive. He served aboard destroyers and torpedo ships for most of his career. He commanded the torpedo Pinedo on it commissioning, surviving its sinking during the SA War. A succession of desk jobs followed before commanding the yacht Capitan de Navio Parker. In 1948 he took command of the Comodoro Rivadavia Base Support Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Ross; age 54; born 1894; joined the Navy in 1914. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1917 he joined the battlefleet and served aboard the Moreno during the Nordmark War. Although wounded he survived and returned to sea in 1924, taking command of the destroyer Rioja in 1926. Involved in a collision in 1928 he was court martialled and he left the service. Recalled to duty in 1935 he took command of a motor minesweeper but most of his post-war career remained ashore until taking command of the small naval outpost at Ushuaia in 1945. In 1948 he took command of the Puerto Santa Cruz Base Support Flotilla

Capitan de Navio Hernandez; age 41; born 1908; a Paraguayan he transferred to the Argentine Navy in 1937 as part of the joint fleet on the Rio Paraguay. He took command of the Humaita in 1942 and was the first skipper of the rivercraft tender Alferez de Navio Gomez. In 1948 he took command of the Asuncion Base Support Flotilla.

Capitan de Navio Seguina; age 31; born 1918; joined the Navy after leaving school in 1936 as one of the wartime expansion intakes. Selected for officer training in 1940 he took command of his first MTB in June 1943 and in 1948 he was promoted to command 1st MTB Squadron.

Capitan de Navio Castille; age 45; born 1904; a long-time merchant sailor, he joined the Navy in during the SA War and was quickly commissioned to command a minesweeper and remaining in the service post-war he lectured at the Naval Academy and he was a consultant for Arctic climate fittings in modern ships due to his merchant service. In 1947 he joined the Technical Design Branch and he took command of the 4th Support Squadron.

Contra Almirante Vega; age 35; born 1914; joined the Navy following university where he studied mechanical engineering. Commissioned as an engineering officer in 1938, he served in a variety of onshore and seagoing duties until 1945 when he completed a staff course. In 1946 he took command of the minesweeper Chiquillan and in December 1948 became the Operations Officer for the 1st Minesweeper Squadron, in April 1949 he took command of the Squadron.


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Almirante Guido; age 51, 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. In 1948 he took command of the Brigada Naval V as the head of the joint Argo-Paraguayan Navy Fleet.

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