RADM Mitko Petev

Commandant, National Defence Academy G.S. Rakovski, Sofia
Mitko Petev

Rear Admiral Mitko A. Petev, Bulgarian Navy, is a native of Shumen, Bulgaria, and was born on 30 March 1965. In 1984, he graduated from the German Language Highschool in Varna, Bulgaria and is also a distinguished graduate of the Bulgarian Naval Academy in Varna, Bulgaria where he earned two Master Degrees - Master of Science in Electronics (1989) and Master of Science in Navigation (1995). He was commissioned as Surface Warfare Officer from the Bulgarian Naval Academy on 20 August 1989.

From September 1989 to June 1992, he served as SAM Weapons Officer on board of KONI class frigate BGS SMELI in Varna Naval Base. His next seagoing assignments were the Executive Officer of the KONI class frigate BGS SMELI from 1992 to 1995 and the Commanding Officer of the same frigate from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, Rear Admiral Petev was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Staff College at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, USA. The next year in 1999, he graduated from U.S. Joint Forces Command College in Norfolk, VA, USA. In 1999, Rear Admiral Petev reported to the operational level staff of the Varna Naval Base Headquarters as a Senior Assistant, Operations.

Rear Admiral Petev was selected for multinational joint staff duty in NATO and from June 2000 to July 2002, he held a position as a Joint Exercise Planning Staff Officer in the NATO Strategic Allied Command, Atlantic (SACLANT) in Norfolk, VA, USA (now NATO Strategic Allied Command Transformation). Upon completion of his tour in NATO, Rear Admiral Mitko Petev was appointed at the Headquarters Bulgarian Navy in Varna as Senior Staff Officer, Operations in 2002 and from 2003 to 2006, he was a Deputy Head of the department N-3 "Operations" in the Bulgarian Navy HQ.

He assumed a command at sea again as a Squadron Commander of the First Patrol Frigate and Corvettes Squadron in Varna Naval Base from June 2006 to July 2007. In August 2007, Rear Admiral Petev reported as a student to the U.S. Naval Command College at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, USA and graduated with distinction in 2008.

In 2008, Rear Admiral Petev was appointed as Deputy Operational Commander of Varna Naval Base and in 2009, he received an assignment in the Bulgarian Navy HQ as Chief of department N-7 "Force Employment and Training". In October 2010, he assumed the position of Assistant to the Chief of the Bulgarian Navy for Training and Operations and in June 2011 – Chief of Staff of Bulgarian Naval Forces Command.

Since December 2011, he was appointed as Commander, Bourgas Naval Base.

Since 30 June 2014, he was appointed as Commandant, Rakovski National Defence Academy

Rear Admiral Petev was awarded by the Minister of Defence of Bulgaria (1995), three times by the Chief of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces (1996, 2002, 2006), three times by the Chief of the Bulgarian Navy (1992, 1998, 2004) and is decorated with Bulgarian Military Merit Cross III Class (2005) and Medal for Outstanding Military Service I Class (2009).

Rear admiral Mitko Petev is married and has two sons.

He is fluent in English, German and Russian and has a good working knowledge of French.


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