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Sveto Letica

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Nickname(s)  Barba
Died  2001, Split, Croatia
Allegiance  Yugoslavia  Croatia
Place of burial  Split, Croatia
Commands held  Croatian Navy
Name  Sveto Letica

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Born  April 4, 1926 Podgora, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1926-04-04)
Buried at  Lovrinac, Split, Croatia
Service/branch  Yugoslav Navy Croatian Navy
Rank  Admiral (JNA) Fleet Admiral (HV)
Awards  Order of Duke Domagoj, Order of Ban Jelacic
Battles and wars  World War II in Yugoslavia, Croatian War of Independence

Years of service  1942–1986 1991–1996

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Sveto Letica (4 April 1926 – 6 November 2001) was a Croatian admiral, and the first commander of the Croatian Navy.



Letica was born in 1926 in Podgora, where he was involved in creating a Partisan Navy in 1942. He graduated at the Naval and War Academy. For 20 years he served on different warships of the Yugoslav Navy. He was Fleet commander, he was chief of a naval region, and before his retirement he served in Generalštab of JNA. He retired in 1986 with the rank of Vice Admiral in YPA. Decree of the President of the Presidency of the SFRY from September 1986. retroactively promoted him in rank admiral. The long-time experience of Letica was precious for Croatia when the Croatian Navy was established. On 12 September 1991, the President of the Republic, Franjo Tuđman, named him Commander of Croatian Navy. He served as supreme navy commander until his second retirement on 1 June 1996. He was retired by decision of the President. In September 1991 he was confirmed rank of Admiral, and in March 1996 promoted in rank of Fleet Admiral (Stožerni admiral).

He is buried in Lovrinac graveyard in Split.


  • Commander of Croatian Navy - 12 September 1991 - 1 June 1996
  • SFRY

  • Rear Admiral (December 1974)
  • Vice Admiral (December 1978)
  • Admiral (September 1986)
  • Croatia

  • Fleet Admiral (March 1996)
  • Decorations

  • Order of Duke Trpimir
  • Order of Duke Domagoj
  • Order of Ban Jelačić
  • Order of Croatian Trefoil
  • Order of Croatian Wattle
  • Commemorative Medal of the Homeland War
  • Commemorative Medal of the Homeland's Gratitude.
  • References

    Sveto Letica Wikipedia