Vladimir Kasatonov

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Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov
Born (1910-07-21)July 21, 1910
Petergof, Russia
Died June 9, 1989(1989-06-09) (aged 78)
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Navy
Years of service 1927-1989
Rank Fleet Admiral
Commands held Baltic Fleet, Black Sea Fleet, Northern Fleet
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov (Russian: Владимир Афанасьевич Касатонов) (July 8(21), 1910 - June 9, 1989) was a Soviet military leader, fleet admiral, and Hero of the Soviet Union (November 25, 1966).

Kasatonov finished the M.V. Frunze Higher Naval School in 1931 and served in the Baltic Fleet as a submariner. During the early part of World War II he was Chief of Staff of the Baltic Fleet's submarine division. Later in the war he joined the Naval General Staff, Operations Division.

In 1949 he was Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet, In 1953 he was Commander of the Baltic Fleet and in 1955 he became Commander of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1962 he became Commander of the Northern Fleet. In 1964 he became Deputy Commander of the Soviet Navy. In 1966, as senior commander he participated in the circumnavigation of a squadron of nuclear submarines from the Northern Fleet to the Pacific Fleet and was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union for this endeavor.

In 1974 Kasatonov became a member of the Chief Inspectorate of the Ministry of Defense and served in the Supreme Soviet. He died in Moscow and is buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery.

Vladimir Kasatonov was awarded three Orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, the Order of Nakhimov (2nd Class), the Order of the Patriotic War (1st Class), two Orders of the Red Star, two Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, and numerous medals.

Vladimir Kasatonov's son, Igor Vladimirovich Kasatonov followed in his father's footsteps, holding virtually all of his father's positions. He retired as 1st Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy.

Honours and awards


- The Kasatonov maritime dynasty (Russian Language