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Sveto Letica
Nickname Barba
Born (1926-04-04)April 4, 1926
Died November 6, 2001(2001-11-06) (aged 75)
Place of birth Podgora, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Place of death Split, Croatia
Buried at Lovrinac, Split, Croatia
Allegiance  Yugoslavia
Service/branch Naval ensign of Yugoslavia (1949–1993).svg Yugoslav Navy
Naval ensign of Croatia.svg Croatian Navy
Years of service 1942–1986
Rank Admiral (YPA)
Fleet Admiral (HV)
Commands held Croatian Navy
Battles/wars Yugoslav Front
Croatian War of Independence
Awards Order of Duke Domagoj
Order of Ban Jelačić

Sveto Letica (Podgora, 4 April 1926 - Split, 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[1] 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.[1]

Career summary






  • Order of Duke Domagoj[1]
  • Order of Ban Jelačić[1]
  • Order of Croatian Trefoil[1]
  • Order of Croatian Wattle[1]
  • Commemorative Medal of the Homeland War[1]
  • Commemorative Medal of the Homeland's Gratitude.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Umro stožerni admiral Sveto Letica" (in Croatian). Croatian Radiotelevision. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 

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