Operational COMmander of EUROMARFOR force.
Vice-Admiral (VAdm) Henrique Eduardo Passaláqua de Gouveia e Melo was born in Quelimane, Mozambique, on the 21st November 1960, joined the Portuguese Naval Academy in 1979 and graduated in 1983.
From 1983 to 1985 was XO of NRP Save patrol boat.
Join submarine squadron in 1985 and left in 2002.
In the squadron he came from weapon officer to CO of two submarines, Barracuda and Delfim.
In the last four years of this period he was the chief of staff of CTG 443.10 (Portuguese Submarine OPCON) and the teacher incharge of all the submarine trainning. Also in this period he was the operational representative in aquisition team for the new 209PN submarines. From 2002 to 2005 he worked in Chief of Navy Staff cabinet incharge of navy public relations.
From 2006 to 2008 he was the CO of Vasco da Gama frigate, conducted several operations including SNMG1 and active endeavour.
From 2008 to 2011 he was the commanding officer of the Portuguese submarine squadron and incharg of the rebuilding of the new submarines squadron and testing the starting operations with 209 PN submarines, built in Germany.
From 2012 to 2014, he was the director of lighthouses.
From 2014 to December 2016 he was the chief of cabinet of Chief of Navy Staff.
In January 2017 he was appointed as Portuguese Navy Fleet Commander. In September of the same year he was chosen as EUROMARFOR Commander.
Throughout his career he attended several courses, including the specialization in Communications and Electronic Warfare, the "International Diesel Electric Submarine Tracking Course" in Norfolk, United States, Naval Warfare Course, at the Portuguese Naval Warfare College, the post-graduation in Information Warfare at the Universidade Independente, Lisbon, the Complementary Naval Warfare Course and the General Officer Promotion Course in the Portuguese Institute of Military Studies.
During his career, Vice-admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo received several awards, including the Military Order of Avis, several Military Medals of Distinguished Service, Military Merit of 2nd and 3rd Class, Naval Cross of 3rd Class and Commemorative of the operation "Sharp Guard" scope North Atlantic Treaty (NATO).
Vice-admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo lives in Lisbon, is married to Mrs. Carol de Gouveia and have two children.