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Vladimir Ivanovich Kuroyedov
Vladimir Kuroyedov in 2003
Born September 5, 1944(1944-09-05) (age 77)
Place of birth Bamburovo Primorskiy Krai, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union,  Russia
Service/branch Soviet Navy, Russian Navy
Years of service 1962-2005
Rank Fleet Admiral
Commands held Russian Pacific Fleet, Russian Navy
Awards Order of Merit for the Fatherland
Order of Military Merit
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd class

Fleet Admiral Vladimir Ivanovich Kuroyedov (Russian: Владимир Иванович Куроедов; born September 5, 1944) is a former longest-serving Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. Earlier he was Chief of Staff/1st Deputy Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Chief of Staff/1st Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet since 1993 and Chief of the Main Staff/1st Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. Kuroyedov graduated from the Pacific S.O. Makarov Higher Naval School, the N.G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy and the General Staff Academy.

Kuroyedov joined the navy in 1962, graduating from the S.O. Makarov Pacific Higher Naval School in 1967. He served aboard frigates in the Pacific Fleet. In 1976-78 he studied at the Grechko (now Kuznetsov) Naval Academy graduating with distinction. From 1979 to 1987 he served in the Pacific Fleet commanding a division of minesweepers and was Chief of Staff of the Sakhalin Flotilla. From 1987-1989 he studied at the Voroshilov General Staff Academy graduating with the gold medal and was promoted to Rear Admiral.

In 1993 he became Chief of Staff of the Baltic Fleet and became Commander of the Pacific Fleet in 1994. He became Chief of the Main Navy Staff in 1997 and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy in November 1997. Kuroyedov was promoted to Fleet Admiral in February 2000. Kuroyedov tendered his resignation in the wake of the sinking of the Kursk but his resignation was refused.

He was retired one day before his 61st birthday in 2005, mandatory retirement age for Russian senior officers is 60 (though the President can extend their service tenure in one year increments until 64).

Conflicting views on Kuroyedov's retirement speculate either that he was fired because he had presided over too many naval embarrassments, including the sinking of the Kursk [1] or because the President wished to emphasize the need for greater discipline in the Navy.[2] The simplest reason is that he had already served at the president's pleasure one year beyond legal retirement age.

Honours and awards[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
Feliks Gromov
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy
1997 – 2005
Succeeded by
Vladimir Masorin

References[edit | edit source]

  • Biography (in Russian)
  • Куроедов, Владимир Иванович в Большой биографической энциклопедии (Large Biographic Encyclopaedia - in Russian)
  • Biography - in Russian - and photo on website ladno.ru
  • Biography - in Russian - on website viperson.ru

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