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Prefectura Naval Argentina
PNA's official seal
Creation: 1810
Prefect: Carlos Edgardo Fernandez
Subpref: Ricardo Rodriguez
Location: Ave. E. Madero 235
Buenos Aires
Motto: Robur et quies iuxta litora et in undis
English: Valour and safety in coasts and waters
Phone: 54 11 4318 7400

The Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA; in English Argentine Naval Prefecture) is a military service of the Argentine Interior Ministry charged with protecting the country's rivers and maritime territory. It therefore fufils the functions of other countries' coast guards, and furthermore acts as a gendarmerie force policing navigable rivers. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat, S.I) is the main intelligence agency of the Argentine Republic. ... Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat, S.I) is the main intelligence agency of the Argentine Republic. ... Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat, S.I) is the main intelligence agency of the Argentine Republic. ... Buenos Aires (English: Fair Winds; originally Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María de los Buenos Aires, City of the Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Winds) is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, and one of... A motto is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat, S.I) is the main intelligence agency of the Argentine Republic. ... The Interior Minister is a member of a Cabinet in a Government. ... Canadian Coast Guard ship and helicopter A coast guard enforces maritime law, maintains aids to navigation such as beacons and buoys, and provides other services for the benefit of mariners. ... A gendarmerie (pronounced ) is a military body charged with police duties among civilian populations. ...



The Prefecture was officially founded by the Argentine government in June of 1810. The first commander of the force was Colonel Martin Jacobo Thompson.

The Prefecture had a minor role in the Falklands War. Two PNA patrol vessels, the Islas Malvinas (GC-82) and the Rio Iguazu (GC-83), were sent to provide an Argentine coastguard service to the islands. According to the Prefecture, the Rio Iquazu shot down a British Sea Harrier on 22nd May, although this alleged incident does not tally with British officially recognised losses of aircraft in the war, there being no known (officially recognised) loss of a Sea Harrier on this date. Combatants United Kingdom Argentina Casualties 258 killed[1] 777 wounded 2 taken prisoner 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner The Falklands War was fought in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. ... See also Hawker Siddeley Harrier The BAE SYSTEMS Harrier FA2 is the latest development of the Sea Harrier fighter/attack aircraft which entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980. ...

However is is undisputed that the Prefecture did come into contact with British aircraft and several of its personnel were killed.

General Organization

A Prefecture vessel in the port of Mar del Plata.
A Prefecture vessel in the port of Mar del Plata.

The PNA is subordinate to the Ministry of Interior. The organization is headed by the National Naval Prefect (Prefecto Nacional Naval), currently Prefect-General Carlos Edgardo Fernandez, assisted by the Deputy National Naval Prefect (Subprefecto Nacional Naval), currently Prefect-General Ricardo Rodriguez. View of Mar del Plata from the air Mar del Plata is an Argentine city located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Buenos Aires Province, 400 km south of Buenos Aires. ...

The Prefecture's main facility is located in the Edificio Guardacostas (which translates as "the Coastguard Building") at 235 E. Madero Avenue, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires (English: Fair Winds; originally Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María de los Buenos Aires, City of the Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Winds) is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, and one of...

The PNA headquarters is divided into three main departments, each headed by a Director-General with the rank of Prefecto General. These are each divided into a number of directorates, each headed by a Director with the rank of Prefect-General (Prefecto General).

  • Dirección General de Seguridad (Directorate-General of Security)
    • Dirección de Operaciones (Directorate of Operations)
    • Dirección de Policía de Seguridad de la Navegación (Directorate of Navigation Security Police)
    • Dirección de Policía Judicial, Protección Marítima y Puertos (Directorate of Judicial Police, Maritime Protection and Ports)
    • Dirección de Protección Ambiental (Directorate of Environmental Protection)
  • Dirección General de Logística (Directorate-General of Logistics)
    • Dirección de Personal (Directorate of Personnel)
    • Dirección de Material (Directorate of Materiel)
    • Dirección de Educación (Directorate of Education)
    • Dirección de Administración Financiera (Directorate of Financial Administration)
    • Dirección de Bienestar (Directorate of Welfare)
  • Dirección General de Planeamiento y Desarrollo (Directorate-General of Planning and Development)
    • Dirección de Planeamiento (Directorate of Planning)
    • Secretaría General (Secretariat-General; headed by the Secretary-General, a Prefecto Mayor)
A PNA boat patrolling near Tigre, Argentina
A PNA boat patrolling near Tigre, Argentina

the Intelligence Service (Servicio de Inteligencia) is directly responsible to the National Naval Prefect and is also headed by a Prefect-General.

Regional organization

The PNA is divided into ten zones:

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Prefect-General and other ranks

The highest rank of Prefect-General is held by the National Naval PRefect and many of the most senior officers of the prefecture, such as the directors of the different directrates of the national headquarters.

Officer ranks are as follows:

  • Prefect-General
  • Prefect-Major or Senior Prefect
  • Principal Prefect
  • Sub-prefect
  • Principal Officer
  • Adjutant Officer
  • Auxiliary Officer

Although any equivalence is necessarily arbitrary, the ranks of Principal Prefect and Prefect-Major might possibly be considered equivalent to the three Commonwealth/British/US naval ranks of Lieutenant-Commander, Commander, and Captain, and the rank of Auxiliary Officer might be considered similar to the Commonwealth/British/US rank of Midshipman. A midshipman is a subordinate officer, or alternatively a commissioned officer of the lowest rank, in the navies of several English-speaking countries. ...

The non-commisioned ranks are variations on the ranks of "sub-officer" and "corporal".

Illegal fishing

The Prefectura is constantly battling illegal fishing vessels in the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE), mostly from eastern countries. The Navy also collaborates in detection of such ships with their P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft. Argentine Navy Jack The Navy of the Argentine Republic (Armada de la República Argentina, ARA) is the navy of Argentina. ... P-3 Orion The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a maritime patrol aircraft of the United States military used primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare. ...

See also

  • Argentine Federal Police
  • Argentine National Gendarmerie
  • Buenos Aires Police
  • Santa Fe Province Police
  • Interior Security System

The Policía Federal Argentina (Argentine Federal Police; PFA) is the federal police agency of Argentina. ... The Gendarmería Nacional Argentina (Argentine National Gendarmerie; GNA) is an Argentine paramilitary service (or gendarmerie). ... The Policía Bonaerense (Buenos Aires Police) is one of the biggest police forces of Argentina, and handles the police work of the Buenos Aires province. ... The Policía de la Provincia de Santa Fe (Santa Fe Province Police) is an Argentine police force, responsible for policing the Santa Fe province. ... Sistema de Seguridad Interior (Interior Security System, SSI) is the official denomination of the Argentine public security community. ...

External links

  • (Spanish) (English) Official website
  • (English) International Lifeboat Federation



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