Chief of Naval Personnel

Admiral D. Antonio Piñeiro Sánchez

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Admiral D. Antonio Piñeiro Sánchez

Antonio Piñeiro was born in Mugardos (Corunna) in 1960. He joined the Spanish Navy in 1979 and graduated as Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1984. His subsequent promotions were: Lieutenant in 1987, Lieutenant-Commander in 1996, Commander in 2003, Captain in 2011, Rear Admiral in October 2015, Vice Admiral in September 2018 and Admiral in October 2021.

His assignments at sea include deployments in the Persian Gulf (Operation ‘Desert Storm’), in the Mediterranean Sea (‘Active Endeavor’), the South Pacific, and several commissions in different NATO standing naval forces.

He has been Commanding Officer of the patrol boat ‘Laya’, offshore tug ‘Mahón’, F-100 frigate ‘Álvaro de Bazán’ and LHD ‘Juan Carlos I’. He was also Executive Officer of the F-100 (AEGIS equipped) frigate ‘Almirante Juan de Borbón’.

Ashore, Admiral Piñeiro served in the Spanish Navy Staff (Communications Section); the Armed Forces’ High School and the Naval Education Directorate, where he was Chief of the Coordination and Control Section and where he had also an active role in the design and implementation of the new Education model of the Armed Forces. He has also been Chief of the Intelligence Section of the Operations Division of the Spanish Navy Staff.

From October 2015 to September 2018 he was Deputy Chief of the Operations Command of the Spanish Defense Staff. From September 2018 to October 2021 he was Personnel Director of the Spanish Navy.

Admiral Piñeiro is a specialist in Communications (1989), Naval Warfare (1999) and a NATO Defense College Graduate – NADEFCOL (2006).

On October 19th 2021 he was appointed Chief of Personnel Admiral of the Spanish Navy.

Admiral Piñeiro is married to Begoña Filgueira and has three children, one of them a Spanish Navy officer.

    

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