Vice Admiral Kurt Hartung was born in Valparaíso on April 9, 1960. He graduated from the Naval Academy as midshipman on January 1, 1981.
He served aboard the barge Elicura, the destroyers Williams and Riveros, the frigate Baquedano, and the fleet central command.
He has commanded at sea aboard the high seas tug Leucotón, the missile frigate Almirante Condell, and the frigate Almirante Williams. On land, he was commander of the naval sub-base on Dawson Island and director of the Almirante Nef Naval Hospital.
He is a specialist in chief of staff and electronic naval engineering. He has a master's degree in naval and maritime sciences with a specialization in strategy from Andres Bello University, as well as an MBA in healthcare management from the Europea University in Madrid. He completed a diploma in finance at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is a military professor of naval operations.
In 1992, he successfully completed the Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) course aboard the HMS Dryad in Great Britain. In 2001, he graduated from the Naval Command College at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2003, he completed a diploma in planning and administration of defense resources at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.
On January 1, 2012, he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral by the Chilean government.
On December 7, 2016, he assumed the role of Director of Naval Services.
On January 1, 2017, he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral by the Chilean government.
Vice Admiral Hartung is married and has five children.