Julián Irízar

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Julián Irizar
Almirante Irizar.jpg
Julian Irizar as Admiral
Born (1869-01-07)7 January 1869
Capilla del Señor, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Died 17 March 1935(1935-03-17) (aged 66)
Buenos Aires
Buried at Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires
Allegiance Argentina
Service/branch Argentine Navy
Years of service 1884–1932
Rank US-O11 insignia.svg Vice Admiral (Equivalent of U.S.A. Rear Admiral)
Commands held ARA Uruguay
Supervised modernization of battleships Mariano Moreno and Bernado Rivadavia in the United States
Promoted to Vice Admiral 1926,
Appointed National Maritime Prefect 1932
Chaired Naval Center for two years starting 1931

Admiral Julián Irízar (Capilla del Señor, Buenos Aires Province, January 7, 1869 – March 17, 1935) was an officer of the Argentine Navy. He became a key figure in the modernization of the navy's fleet, the commander of the First Division of the Navy and later Naval Center President, but his most memorable action was as commander of the corvette Uruguay in the 1903 rescue of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition led by Otto Nordenskjöld, whose ship, the Antarctic was destroyed by ice. At the time of the rescue he held the rank Capitán de Corbeta (Lieutenant Commander). (See ARA Uruguay for more information.)

Irízar entered the Naval Academy on March 11, 1884.

In 1898 he was part of the commission to monitor construction of the frigate ARA Presidente Sarmiento in England. When in 1899 that ship embarked on its first voyage of circumnavigation, he was an officer of the staff of the ship. Becoming a specialist in explosives, he then took postings as naval attaché at the diplomatic missions in Britain and Germany, and as purchasing agent for the Navy for ammunition and artillery materials.

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Irizar was promoted to Capitán de Fragata (Commander) following the rescue of the Swedish Expedition.

  • He led the Argentine delegation the Naval Commission in Europe after World War I. Upon returning was promoted to admiral (U.S.A equivalent Commodore) and appointed to head Naval Division I.
  • In 1923 he was posted to the supervision of the modernization of battleships ARA Moreno and ARA Rivadavia in the United States.
  • In 1926 he was promoted to vice admiral and in 1932 appointed the National Maritime Prefect.
  • Since April 16 of 1931 and for two years he chaired the Naval Center.

He retired on January 8 of 1932, and died four years later.

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