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Zoilo Sánchez de Ocańa y Vieitiz (27 June 1831, Palencia – 1907, Cartagena)[1] was a Spanish admiral, the first Chief of Staff of the Spanish Navy, serving from 14 July 1895[2] to 19 March 1896.[3] As of 1869, he was a frigate captain on the war and navy section of the State Council.[4] He was also made a Commander of the Order of Charles III in 1865,[5] and in 1893 he had been awarded the Order of Naval Merit.[6] It is likely that he was retired or died by the time the Spanish–American War broke out in 1898, as he was not present at a meeting of senior Spanish naval officers on 23 April 1898 that decided to send Admiral Pascual Cervera's squadron to Cuba.[7]

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  1. Biografia de deon Zoilo Sánchez-Ocaña y Vieitiz (in Spanish)
  2. Reales decretos nombrando Presidente del Centro Consultivo de la Armada á D. Guillermo Chacón; Presidente de la Junta codificadora de la Armada, á D. Carlos Valcárcel; Vicepresidente del centro consultivo ya citado, á D. Eduardo Butler; Jefe de Estado Mayor de la Armada, á D. Zoilo Sánchez Ocaña; Jefe de la Secretaría militar del Ministerio de Marina, á D. Antonio Terry; Oficiales primeros del mismo Ministerio, á D. Ramón Valentí, D. Víctor Concas y D. Fernando Villamil, y Oficiales segundos, á D. León Ricardo Obertín, D. Vicente Carvajal y D. Lorenzo Palacios. Gaceta de Madrid núm. 195, de 14/07/1895, página 182.
  3. Reales decretos nombrando Jefe de Estado Mayor de la Armada, á D. Fernando Martínez; Vocal del Centro Consultivo, á D. Domingo de Castro; Comandante general de la Carraca, á D. Pascual Cervera; Comandante de Marina de Sevilla, a Don José Guzmán, y Jefe de Estado Mayor del Departamento de Cartagena; á D. José María Pilón. Gaceta de Madrid núm. 79, de 19/03/1896, página 948.
  4. Organización y estado militar de España y ultramar en 1. de enero de 1869 con un apéndice que contiene las alteraciones ocurridas hasta 20 de abril. Ministerio de la Guerra (1869), p. 15
  5. Emilio de Cárdenas Piera (1996). Propuestas, solicitudes y decretos de la Real y muy distinguida Orden de Carlos III, p. 111
  6. Guía oficial de España (1899), p. 529
  7. Information from abroad: War notes, Issues 1-8 (1899), Office of Naval Intelligence, pp. 63–64
Military offices
Preceded by
Post created
Chief of Staff of the Navy
1895–1896
Succeeded by
Fernando Martínez de Espinosa

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