Maritime Action Admiral

Vice Admiral Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo

Vicealmirante Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo
Vicealmirante Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo
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Vicealmirante Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo

Vice-admiral Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo was born in Pontevedra on February 4th 1960. He entered the Naval Academy in August 1979 becoming Lieutenant Junior Grade in July 1984. He was promoted to Vice-admiral on February 15th 2019.

He is a specialist in Electronics and TAO (Tactical Action Officer) and has a Staff diploma from the Naval Warfare College, Madrid (1998).

As a naval officer he served on board the following units: destroyer ‘Gravina’, patrol boat ‘Villaamil’, corvette ‘Vencedora’ and chief of staff of the 31st Escorts Squadron. He has been commanding officer of minesweeper ‘Ebro’, the oceanographic research ship ‘Las Palmas’ during the 2000-2001 Antarctic Campaign, and the frigate ‘Navarra’.

His shore assignments include: lecturer at the Naval Academy (1994-1997), member of the Spanish representation at the NATO and EU Military Committees (2004-2007), and different posts in the Plans and Operations Divisions of the Spanish Navy Staff.

He was promoted to Captain and appointed General Secretary of the Spanish Navy Staff in July 2011. From July 2012 to 2015 he became Superintendent of the Naval Academy and was in charge of implementing the new academic syllabus known as the Bologna Declaration. In fact, the 2015 promotion of midshipmen graduated not only as Spanish Navy officers, but as mechanical engineers as well.

In October 2015 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Commander of the Canary Islands Naval Command. On February 15th 2019 he was promoted to Vice-admiral and subsequently appointed Maritime Action Admiral.

He has been awarded the following decorations: Grand Cross, Cross, Badge and Commendation of the Royal and Military Order of San Hermenegildo; five Naval Merit Crosses, one Military Merit Cross, one Air Force Merit Cross, the Guardia Civil Merit Cross and the Police Merit Cross.

VA Sobrino is married to María Franco Suanzes and has three children: María, Juan and Blanca; and six grandchildren.


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