Vice-Admiral JOSÉ AUGUSTO VIEIRA DA CUNHA DE MENEZES was born in Rio de Janeiro on June 18th 1962, graduated at the Naval Academy in 1983, when he was declared midshipman and appointed to his first ship, the Sailing Ship “Cisne Branco”. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1986 and held the Officers Engineer Course.
During his career he has experienced being Commander of the Minesweepers Ship “Araçatuba” and the Destroyer “Para”. As Captain, the Admiral Cunha served at the 4th Naval District - in the Brazilian Amazon-, as the Chief of Staff, and in 2008 he was designated to the Inter-American Defense Board, in the United States.
In 2012, he was promoted to Rear-Admiral, and assumed the position of the Head of the Logistic Section, on the General Staff. For more than one year the Rear-Admiral Cunha was the Commander of the 1st Fleet Division and has also experienced being the Chief of the Inter-ministerial Secretariat for the Resources of the Sea. As Vice-Admiral, he was the Chief of Staff of Commander of the Brazilian Navy.
Since April 10th, 2018 he holds the position of Commander of the 1st Naval District, in Rio de Janeiro.