|Born||January 5, 1964|
|Place of birth||Osijek, Croatia|
|Years of service||1986–present|
|Battles/wars||Croatian War of Independence|
Order of Ban Jelačić|
Order of Croatian Trefoil
Predrag Stipanović (born 1964) is a Croatian rear admiral, since January 2015 serving as the commander of the Croatian Navy.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Stipanović was born in 1964 in Osijek. He graduated from the 37th class naval academy (Croatian: Vojna mornarička akademija) in Split in 1986. During the breakup of Yugoslavia and the outbreak of the war, he left Yugoslav Navy and volunteered to join fledgling Croatian Navy. Stipanović served in the navy during the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995). He commanded missile boat Šibenik when it fired RBS-15 anti-ship missile in a live fire exercise "Posejdon 94" in October 1994, marking the successful introduction of that missile type in Croatian Navy. In 1999 Stipanović graduated from Command Staff College "Blago Zadro" in Zagreb, between 2002 and 2003 he attended U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, while in 2007 he graduated from War Staff College "Ban Josip Jelačić" in Zagreb. Between 2013 and 2015 he held the post of the Chief of the Naval Staff and Deputy Commander of Croatian Navy. In January 2015 he assumed command of Croatian Navy, becoming its 6th commander since foundation.
Decorations[edit | edit source]
- Order of Ban Jelačić
- Order of Croatian Trefoil
- Commemorative Medal of the Homeland War
- Commemorative Medal of the Homeland's Gratitude.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Zapovjednik HRM-a obišao istarske vojne baze ", Glas Istre, 22.01.2015
- Tabak, Igor. "HRM ima novog zapovjedniika", obris.org, 31-1-2015.
- "Cdre Stipanović succeeds Radm Hranj as Navy Commander ", Croatian MoD, 30.1.2015
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