Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 11 July 1952, he joined the Navy in 1971 and was promoted to SubLieutenant in 1976. Lieutenant in 1979, Lieutenant Commander in 1989, Commander in 1996 and Captain in 2001. In October 2006 he was promoted to Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral in 2008 and Admiral in January 2012.
A specialist in submarines and communications, he holds Royal Navy and Spanish Navy diplomas in Naval Warfare, after attending the Royal Navy Staff Course at Greenwich. He has attended a number of courses both abroad and at the Defense Senior Studies Centre in Spain.
His main assignments at sea were on board frigates “Andalucía” and “Vicente Yáñez Pinzón” and submarines “Marsopa”, “Tonina”, “Siroco” and “Narval”. He has served as XO on board submarine “Galerna” and corvette “Vencedora”, when she was deployed to the Red Sea during the I Gulf War in 1991.
His first Command at sea was the Patrol Boat “Bergantín”. As a Lieutenant Commander he took command of submarine “Siroco”, deploying in the Adriatic Sea during Operation Sharp Guard, and becoming the first Spanish Navy submarine to be deployed in a Peace Keeping Operation. As a Commander, he commanded the LST “Hernán Cortés”. As a Captain, he was appointed Commander Submarine Flotilla and Principal Submarine School in 2004.
His main assignments ashore were the Submarine Staff, Naval Staff Operations Branch and Head of Doctrine in the Personnel Directorate. As Vice Admiral, he was appointed Director for Maintenance, in the Logistic Support Command, and then Commander of Cartagena Logistic Support and Naval Base.
Promoted to Admiral in January 2012, he was appointed Commander of the Logistic Support Command. In July 2012 he was promoted to 4* Admiral and appointed Chief of the Naval Staff.
Among his decorations are the Naval Merit Cross (five) and Great Cross, and Kuwait Liberation, NATO and EU Medals.
A widower, he has six children.