Vice Admiral Matteo Bisceglia is the Director of Naval Armaments at the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate as of 5 May 2014. He was born on 22 September 1957 in Manfredonia, Italy. He joined the Navy in 1976 and graduated in Electrotechnical Engineering from Pisa University in 1983. From April 1983 to 1987 he served onboard the ITS Intrepido Destroyer as Weapons Technical Officer. Upon completion of his sea tour, he was assigned to the Navy Yard in Taranto as Chief of the Missile Department (1987-1990). After attending a 8-month course on Nato Sea Sparrow Missile Systems at Dam Neck (Virginia) in 1988, he served as Italian Navy Representative at the NATO Sea Sparrow project Office in Washington D.C. from 1990 to 1993. Back to Italy, he spent two years at the General Directorate of Construction, Naval Weapons and Armaments, before becoming the Deputy Chief of the Maintenance Department at the Navy Yard in La Spezia in 1995. Two years later, he went back to the General Directorate of Constructions, where he served as Head of the Surface System and Weapons Division (1997- 2003). In this period he also attended the Defence Resource Management Course in Monterey (California) in 2001. Then he served as the Director of the Maintenance Department in the Navy yard of La Spezia (2003-2006) and was then assigned to the Navy General Staff as Head of the Combat System Department. Promoted Rear Admiral (LH), he was in charge of the New Shipbuilding Department at the Naval Armaments Directorate from 2009 to 2010. He then moved to Paris, where he was Programme Manager of the FREMM Multi Mission Frigates Programme at OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d'ARmement), from 2010 to May 2014. Since 2013, he was promoted Rear Admiral UH. As soon as he returned to Italy, he was appointed Director of Naval Armament
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