Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz

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Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz
Born (1953-05-17) May 17, 1953 (age 65)
Mexico City
Allegiance Mexico
Service/branch Mexican Navy
Years of service1970–
Commands heldSecretariat of the Navy
Spouse(s)Georgina Ventura

Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz (born 1953) is a Mexican Navy officer who served as the Secretary of the Navy.

Early life[edit]

Admiral Soberón Sanz finished his primary and secondary studies in Mexico City and then in 1970 studied at the Heroica Escuela Naval Militar and graduated in 1975. Later Soberón Sanz made a vocational training specializing in Underwater Weapons, Diploma in Human Rights, Military MBA, Master in National Security, Staff Course, Naval War College USA.

Soberón Sanz was appointed vice-admiral in 2009. Three years later, he became an admiral—the youngest ever in the Navy. Until 30 November 2012, he was private secretary to the head of the Navy, Mariano Francisco Saynez, during the administration of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.[1]

Naval units under his command[edit]

  • Deputy Commander of the Third Fleet Ocean Vessels.
  • Deputy Commander of Naval Sector Coatzacoalcos.
  • Flotilla Commander in the Pacific Naval Force.
  • Sector Commander Naval Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
  • Director of the School of Destroyers.
  • Assistant Chief of Naval Operations.
  • Technical Director of the Directorate General of Naval Communications.
  • Assistant Chief of Navy Secretary José Ramón Lorenzo Franco.
  • Naval Attache to the Republic of Panama, concurring in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
  • Chairman of the Committee on Special Studies of the General Staff of the Navy.
  • Secretary to his predecessor Mariano Francisco Saynez.

Military awards[edit]

  • Persistence of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 years of service
  • Exceptional in Third Class Perseverance 40 years of service
  • Naval Merit Award Second Class awarded by the Government of Spain
  • Medal of the National Maritime Service in Grade Distinguished Service "Christopher Columbus", awarded by the Government of Panama
  • Legion of Merit awarded by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus (24 June 2014)[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Georgina Ventura Menchaca in 1982. They have two children: Vidal Francisco and Santiago.


  1. ^ "Vidal Francisco Soberon Sanz". Network Policy. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  2. ^ Official Website of the United States Navy


Military offices
Preceded by
Mariano Francisco Saynez Mendoza
Secretary of the Navy
Succeeded by
José Rafael Ojeda Durán