Nuno Vieira Matias
Admiral Nuno Vieira Matias graduated in the Naval Academy in 1961.
He served in Angola on board the frigate N.R.P. Vasco da Gama (1961-1963) and in Guiné, commanding a special marines’ detachment (1968-1970)
He was professor of Escola Naval (Naval Academy) from 1970 to 1976 and Director of Laboratório de Explosivos (Explosives Laboratory). In 1982 he took command of the frigate “João Belo”, participated in many national and NATO exercises and had two deployments in the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (NATO) in 1983 and 1984.
Admiral Vieira Matias, among several national and international courses, attended the U.S Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, from July 1988 to June 1989. On completion he was assigned professor of Instituto Superior Naval de Guerra –ISNG (Superior Naval War Institute) for one year.
After his promotion to Rear Admiral, in 1990, he was designated Assistant Chief of Staff on the Portuguese Navy Staff.
He received his third star on 31st March 1994 and was appointed Superintendent for Navy Material. On 11th May 1995 he took charge of two posts: Portuguese Navy Fleet Commander and Commander-in-Chief Iberian Atlantic Area, a NATO post.
On April 2nd, 1997, he was promoted to Four Stars Admiral and assigned as Chief of the Naval Staff. After a five years tour of duty he retired on April 2002.
During his career, Admiral Vieira Matias has received 17 national commendations and decorations as well as 10 from Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and United States of America
After his retirement he assumed several tasks as, for example, guest speaker at Portuguese Catholic University and Superior Institute of Military Studies, President of Marine Academy, Vice-President of Lisbon Geographic Society, member of Lisbon Academy of Sciences, of Portuguese Academy of History, of National Education Board, etc. He was also member of “European Security Advisory Board” of E.U. Since July 2014 he is a member of the board of EDISOFT, Defence & Aerospace Technologies, a Thales Group Company and since 2017 he is a trustee of Fundação Oceano Azul (Blue Ocean Foundation).
Admiral Vieira Matias has published many essays and articles and collaborated in several books mainly dedicated to maritime strategy and maritime economy.