Born in Paisley, Scotland, he joined the Chilean Naval Academy in 1990. During his 27 years in the Navy, he followed a warfare career with two tours as commanding officer, deployments in Asia, Europe and Antarctic, and participated in several international exercises (RIMPAC, PANAMAX, UNITAS). As well as his education and training in Chile, he studied at the Britannia Royal Naval College in the U.K., the Surface Warfare School, the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University in the United States. Upon completing his studies at the U.S. Naval War College, he had the opportunity to stay a second year as an International Fellow in the College of Maritime Operational Warfare.