Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico promotes five sailors to admiral

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 |

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The Mexican Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR) or Mexican Navy has elevated five sailors to the rank of admiral, the top rank of admirals in the Mexican Navy, according to official and private news sources.

The five sailors all have extensive experience in coastal counternarcotics operations, and one is a naval infantry commander. They are Admirals Juan Ramon Alcala Pignol, commander of the Tenth Naval District, in Michoacan; Arturo Bernal Carrasco, head of the Fourth Naval Region, in Sonora, Victor Uribe Arevalo, commander of the Eighth Naval Zone in Puerto Vallarta; Vidal Francisco Soberon, secretary to SEMAR Admiral Mariano Francisco Saynez, and Pedro Garcia Valerio, a naval infantry commander.  All five are graduates of Mexico's Heroica Escuela Naval Militar naval academy.  The appointments of all five were confirmed by the Mexican senate last week.

  • According to a news item posted on sipse.com, Admiral Alcala Pignol has served at director of Heroica Escuela Naval Militar, deputy director of SEMAR's office of personnel management and commander of the Mexican 5th Naval Zone in Tabasco state.  He executed operations against the La Familia de Michoacan drug cartel as commander of the 10 Naval District operating in part out of the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Michocacan.  Between July 27, 2009 to July 31, 2010, while vice admiral, he served as commander of the IX Naval Region based in Yucalpeten, Yucatan.
  • According to a new item posted last February on the website of uniradionoticias.com, Admiral Arturo Bernal Carrasco has been commander of the IV Naval Region based in Guayamas, Sonora, a post he took in February.   The IV Naval Region encompasses the coast between Gulf of Santa Clara and Mazatlan.  His predecessor, Vice Admiral Eduardo Villa Valenzuela had conducted naval counternarcotics operations along the coasts of Sonora, Sinaloa and Baja California states, and coordinated police in Guaymas and Empalme municipalities in Sonora state.  Admiral Bernal Carrasco has also seved as SEMAR's  Director General de Recursos Humanos or human resouces.
  • According to a news item posted on the website of elvigia.net, Admiral Victor Uribe Arevalo had taken over command of the Mexican II Naval Region based in Ensenada, Baja California last February, replacing Admiral Humberto Santos Gomez Leyva.  Admiral Uribe Arevalo has previously served as chief of naval staff and commander of the Sixth Naval Zone based in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, and Eighth Naval Zone of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.  He was formerly inspector of the 2nd Naval Zone and was commander of the destroyer flotilla of Mexico's Pacific fleet.
  • Admiral  Vidal Francisco Soberon was a secretary to SEMAR Admiral Francisco Saynez.  According to sipse.com, he commanded the Naval Subsector Matamoros, Tamaulipas, led a group of command of the Sixth Fleet Ocean Surveillance Ship, and was chairman of the Committee on Special Studies of the General Staff of the Navy.  He has also trained on the Cuauhtemoc, the Mexican Navy's sailing training ship.
  • Admiral Pedro Garcia Valerio is general coordinator of Mexican Naval Infantry forces, and has served in various naval infantry rifle company and battalion commands.  He is credited with the formation of SEMAR's first parachute rifle battalion and has commanded the Mexican Pacific Fleet's amphibious reaction force.  He was also Mexico's naval attache in the republic of China from 2000 to 2002.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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8 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Admirals Alcala pignol and pedro garcia seems to me that they have the most experience to battle the Narco's,but good luck to them all.
I really hope they help in eliminating the cartels through wise decision making.

Anonymous said...

Having advanced through Mexico's "plomo or plata" system it seems that here are five guys and their families poised to get seriously rich in the "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR ON DRUGS".

How about a bit of a background check on these fellows:
- family members current & past political offices
- family members business interests
- criminal records of family members
- fellow class mates
- criminal precedents of members of their units
etc etc

Any info anybody???

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear some good news. Good luck to them!!!

I for one attend church every Sunday, volunteer at the Food bank, help in the Children after-school program etc,,have a close relative that is in prison for drug trafficking. Moral, We ALL have skeletons in our closet.

Saludos
Micho

Anonymous said...

Are you sure "sailors" were promoted to the rank of admiral, and not senior navy officers ?

"Sailor" is in civil life, and has nothing to do with the army and the navy.

Anonymous said...

2:29. I agree with alot you're saying. I would pray that given what the military has accomplished of late...possible these guys have been vetted by honorable people. Yes, I admit I'm naive but I have to believe not all people are greedy and working for the cartels. Without hope, we have nothing. Viva Mexico. Your neighbor next door. Thanks BB.

Anonymous said...

marines keep on changing zones every few months so they are less exposed to plomo o plata plus they live in navy barracks good luck trying to get in there

Anonymous said...

Its all propaganda, they all work for el chapo. Mark my words, at the end one of these guys will get shot for working with rival cartels. It has hapened before remember? I read it here haha.

badanov said...

Are you sure "sailors" were promoted to the rank of admiral, and not senior navy officers ?

"Sailor" is in civil life, and has nothing to do with the army and the navy.


In the US, the term sailor has everything to do with the navy. It is used colloquially in English constantly, even in official news releases.

In previous news, I have referred to Admiral Francisco Saynez as Mexico's top sailor,which is what he is.

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