VICE ADMIRAL CAESAR C TACCAD AFP assumed as the 35th Flag Officer In Command of the Philippine Navy on 10 August 2015. He has been in the active military service since 28 March 1982, after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy. Prior to his assignment, he served as Vice Commander, Philippine Navy, Chief of Naval Staff, The Naval Inspector General, Deputy Commander of Philippine Fleet (Feb 13-July 13), Commander of Naval Forces Northern Luzon (Oct 10-Feb 13),Deputy Naval Forces West (May 08-Oct 10), Program Director for Logistics and Defense Acquisition at the Philippine Defense Reform, DND(Jan 05-Sep 06), and Director of Naval Modernization Office (Apr 01-Apr 02).He has served nine and half years at sea, including as Commander Naval Task Force 41 (Sep 07-Sep 08), Commander Naval Task Group 25.1 (Jul 03-Jan 05), Commanding Officer of Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP)“Ang Pangulo” (AT-25) (Jul 03-Jan 05), BRP Quezon (PS-70) (Jan-Jul 03), BRP Benguet (LT-507) (Nov 97-Jun 98), BRP Taal (AF-72) (Dec 97-Jan 98), and BRP Conrado Yap (PG-840) (Jan-Aug 96).
In his early years in the service, Vice Admiral Taccad was immersed in Naval Operations and Training. He served as Junior Officer aboardship from 1983-1985, and then with the Fleet Staff until 1988. He then served in the Naval Training Command from 1988 to 1991. He later joined the PN Staff for Plans at Headquarters Philippine Navy.
Vice Admiral Taccad completed several military courses. Foremost of these are Naval Officers Qualification Course, Naval Gunfire Support Course, International Surface Warfare Officer Course in Coronado California, Naval Command and Staff Course, and Command and General Staff Course. He earned his Masters of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Masters of National Security and Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines.
He is a recipient of six Distinguished Service Stars, four “Gawad sa Kaunlaran” Medal, eight Military Merit Medals, three Military Commendation Medals, Military Civic Action Medal, Long Service Medal, Sagisag ng Ulirang Kawal, Flag Rank Command Badge, Navy Senior Command at Sea Badge, Navy Command At Sea Badge, Combat Commander’s (Kagitingan) Badge, Senior Instructor’s Badge, PN Surface Warfare Officer Badge, a number of campaign medals and ribbons, and several plaques of merit and recognition.
Vice Admiral Taccad hails from Cavite City and was born on 13 November 1960. He married the former Jocelyn S Jimenez of Quezon City on 28 September 1985. They are blessed with four sons and two daughters.