Cortez entered the Royal Manticoran Navy in the 19th Century PD, rising through the ranks up to flag rank, and earning a knighthood along the way.
In 1900 PD, Admiral Cortez served as the Fifth Space Lord, in control of the RMN's Bureau of Personnel. He authorized Commander Honor Harrington's command of the light cruiser HMS Fearless. (HH1, OBS) In 1904 PD, he authorized Captain Harrington's command of the battlecruiser HMS Nike. (HH3)
In 1920 PD, once again serving as Fifth Space Lord under the Grantville government, Cortez hesitantly authorized Captain Aivars Terekhov's command of the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma, remaining unsure if Terekhov had gotten over the traumatic events of the Battle of Hyacinth. (SI1)
- Admiral (before 1900 PD)
- Fifth Space Lord