CAPTAIN Charles “Charlie” Le May (RETIRED)
Born in Valparaíso, Chile, on 22nd February 1958, son of a Naval Officer, with three brothers. Attended school in the U.K. and entered the Chilean Naval Academy in 1973, graduating in 1976 as a Sub-Lieutenant. While attending the Naval Academy he was invited to join as a Midshipman the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, from where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering.
As a Lieutenant he attended the Electronic Engineering Course of the Navy, qualifying as a Weapon Electronics Engineer and obtaining a Degree in Electronic Engineering.
After serving in various vessels, he was commissioned to participate in the Junior Staff and Warfare Course in the South African Navy, where he later on served for one year as a professor in Leadership and Management. Also took part in the Combat Officer Qualifying Course during 1988.
Back in Chile took charge of the Lieutenants Warfare Course, for two years also serving as the Academic Department Head of the Operations School.
He obtained his specialty as Staff Officer at the Naval War College in Valparaíso in 1997 and in 1998, joined the Naval Command College in Newport, Rhode Island. During his time Newport he also obtained an MBA from Salve Regina University of Newport, Rhode Island.
Captain Le May completed more than 12 years of embarked duty on board different ships of the Chilean Navy, holding positions of Division Officer, Department Head and Operations Officer for various combat vessels. He commanded Missile Strike Craft “IQUIQUE” , Guided Missile Frigate “LYNCH”, Destroyer “BLANCO ENCALADA”, and Frigate “WILLIAMS”, serving as Project Manager and First Commanding Officer of the latter. During this time he successfully concluded, with his ship, FOST Training in Plymouth, UK.
In 2005-2006 he served as Chief of the Naval Mission, in London where he was also the Defence Attached for the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden. He retired in 2007 after 33 years of service.
“Charlie” is fluent in Spanish and English. He loves golf which he tries to practice often.