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Viktor Viktorovich Chirkov
Vice-Admiral Viktor Chirkov at the Kremlin (February 2011)
Native name Виктор Викторович Чирков
Born September 8, 1957(1957-09-08) (age 64)
Place of birth Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR
(now Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Allegiance  Soviet Union,  Russia
Years of service 1974-present
Rank Admiral
Commands held

Viktor Viktorovich Chirkov (Russian: Виктор Викторович Чирков; born September 8, 1957, in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR)[1] is a Russian admiral and the former commander of the Baltic Fleet. On 6 May 2012, he was appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, succeeding Vladimir Vysotsky, who had occupied the post for almost five years.[2][3]

Entering the Navy in 1979, after graduating from the S.O. Makarov Higher Naval School in Vladivostok in 1982, Chirkov first posting was as the commander of mine-and-torpedo department of a Pacific Fleet frigate.[1] During the next several years, Chirkov would serve as the assistant commander of frigate before becoming executive officer of a destroyer.[1] In 1987, he was appointed executive officer of the frigate Storozhevoy after successfully completing the Navy Higher Special Officer Classes in Leningrad. In 1990, he became the commanding officer of the Udaloy I-class anti-submarine warship Admiral Spiridonov.[1]

In 2000, having completed the Military Academy of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Chirkov was made the Chief of Staff/First Deputy Commander of the Northeast Group of Troops and Forces on Kamchatka.[1] Since 2007, he was the Chief of Staff/First Deputy Commander of the Baltic Fleet, and appointed Fleet Commander by the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on 8 September 2009.[1]

On 6 May 2012, President Dmitry Medvedev on his last day in office prior to the inauguration of Vladimir Putin appointed Chirkov to replace Vladimir Vysotskiy as the Russian Navy's Commander-in-Chief. In an interview with news agency RIA Novosti, Chirkov said, "The most important thing for Russia is to build a fleet with the support of the president and like-minded persons."[2]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Vladimir Vysotsky
Commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy
Succeeded by

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