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2nd Admiral Chief of Naval Staff Who Is Who

2nd Admiral José Antonio Ruesta Botella


Admiral Ruesta was born on August 17th 1955 in Madrid. He joined the Spanish Navy in August 1973 graduating from the Naval Academy as Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1978.

He served on board the following surface warships: frigates Extremadura and Asturias, corvette Descubierta and patrol boat Alsedo. He was also assigned to the 41st Escorts Squadron, the Fleet Staff, and the NATO Standing Naval Force in the Mediterranean as surface warfare Officer.

Ashore, he served at His Majesty the King’s Military Household, twice at the Spanish Naval Staff (first in a Working Group studying the reorganization of the Spanish Navy, and subsequently in the Plans and Projects Section). During his second tenure he actively participated in the definition of the new naval shipbuilding programs. He was also assigned to different posts at the Naval Warfare College and the Naval Academy as brigade commander and lecturer.

Admiral Ruesta has been Commanding Officer of the following naval units: patrol boat Lazaga (as Lieutenant), offshore patrol boat Ferrol (as Lieutenant Commander), amphibious assault ship Pizarro (as Commander) and the Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Castilla (as Captain). This ship operates as Command Ship of the High Readiness Force Maritime Headquarters (HRF-M-HQ).

Admiral Ruesta is a specialist in naval communications and in 1992 he obtained a Naval Warfare diploma.

He has been awarded the following decorations: Grand Cross, Badge and Commendation of the Order of San Hermenegildo; Grand Cross and five Naval Merit Crosses; the Naval Cross of Portugal; the Silver Cross of the Guardia Civil and the NATO Medal.

He was promoted to Rear-admiral in September 2007 and appointed Director of Naval Education where he decisively contributed to the renovation of the Naval Education System to meet the newly implemented Bologna Process. As Rear-admiral, and later as Vice-admiral, he spent five years in the Plans Division of the Spanish Naval Staff in charge of global planning and organization.

He was promoted to Admiral on October 18th 2013 and appointed Chief of Naval Personnel. On July 27th he was appointed 2nd Chief of Naval Staff.

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