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Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian Navy

<Almirante> Gonzalo Nicolás Ríos Polastri

Commander-in-Chief

Almirante Gonzalo Nicolás Ríos Polastri

He was born on April 14, 1961 in Lima, Peru. He went to San Agustin High School. He joined the Peruvian Naval Academy on February 28, 1977, graduating as Ensign on January 1, 1982. 

He is a specialist in Surface Warfare and in Electronics and Communications. He took Naval Systems and Electronic Warfare courses in Holland, Hemispheric Security and Defense Advanced Courses at the Inter-American Defense College in Washington DC, and the National Development Advanced Course in Taiwan; and graduated in the following programs: Basic Staff, and Command and Staff at the Peruvian Naval War College. 

He holds Master's Degrees in Hemispheric Defense and Security at University of El Salvador (Buenos Aires) and in Maritime Strategy at the Peruvian Naval War College.

As junior and senior Officer, he is been on board Peruvian Navy ships like B.A.P. Villavicencio, B.A.P Admiral Grau, B.A.P. Montero in Communications, Electronic Warfare and Operations areas. He was Executive Officer on B.A.P. Mariategui and Commanding Officer on B.A.P. Palacios. Other operational services include his assignment to the Task Force of Ucayali Region and to the Amazon Naval Force. 

In the technical and administrative fields, he has served in the B.A.P. Grau in the Modernization Commission, as well as General Superintendent at the Marine Industrial Services -Electronic (SIMA-Electronic), Deputy Chief of Arms and Electronics Service, Chief of Naval Operations of the General Command, Chief of Naval Operations, Plannning and Policy of the General Staff, Plans Officer of the General Staff of the Inter-American Defense Board, Chief of Commissioning Project of BAP Palacios, Head of Planning, Programs and Budget of the General Directorate of Material and Head of Supervision, Policy and Strategy Department of the Navy General Staff.

Graduated in Business Administration Program at Graduate School of Business (ESAN), and is a Certified Marine Surveyor in Maneuver, Navigation, Hull and Machinery.

On January 1, 2008, the government confered him the rank of Rear Admiral becoming Head of the Command and Control Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Director of Naval Enlistment, Deputy Defence and Naval Attaché at the Embassy of Peru in France and Deputy Chief of the Navy General Staff.

On December, 2013 the government confered him the rank of Vice Admiral becoming Amazon Operations General Commander and also as Amazon Joint Operational Commander, after assuming the position of General Director of Material.

On June 2015, after being elected by the member states, he assumed the position of President of the Council of Delegates of the Inter-American Defense Board, until December 2016.

He is the bearer of the following military awards: Order of Admiral Miguel Grau and Peruvian Cross of Naval Merit (Grand Cross), Salvadorian Distinguished Service Star, Order of Nicaraguan Army, French National Defence Gold Medal, Brasilian Order of Military Merit Medal (High Officer), Colombian Honor Medal for Outstanding Service, Inter-American Defense Board Medal (Gold Star), International Federation of Leagues and Maritime and Naval Associations (Silver Medal), National Pro Naval Association Medal, Honor Medal of the Callao city, and other Peruvian Navy Distinctions. 

On December 26, 2016, the government confered him the Commander-in Chief of the Peruvian Navy position by Supreme Resolution No. 511-2016-DE.