Vladimir Masorin

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Vladimir Vasilyevich Masorin
Masorin in August 2007
Born (1947-08-24) August 24, 1947 (age 74)
Bely, Tver Oblast, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union,  Russia
Service/branch Soviet Navy, Russian Navy
Years of service 1965–2007
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held Black Sea Fleet, Russian Navy
Awards Order of Military Merit
Order of the Red Banner
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd class
Legion of Merit – Commander (United States)

Admiral of the Fleet Vladimir Vasilyevich Masorin (Russian: Владимир Васильевич Масорин) (born August 24, 1947) is a retired Russian admiral who commanded the Caspian Flotilla in 1996–2002 and the Black Sea Fleet in 2002–2005. In September 2005, he was appointed the Commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy.

The newspaper Kommersant speculated that Admiral Masorin was a temporary appointment until the new Chief of the Main Naval Staff, appointed at the same time, took command of the Navy.

Masorin completed the P.S. Nakhimov Black Sea Higher Naval School in 1970. He served as principal warfare officer on the Kashin class destroyer Smyshleny of the Northern Fleet. In 1977 he completed additional officer training and became Executive Officer of the Kashin class destroyer Ognevoy. In 1980 he became Commanding Officer of the Sovremennyy class destroyer Otchayannyy and in 1983 Masorin became Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet's destroyer squadron. After completing the N. G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy Masorin was promoted to Commander of the Northern Fleet's destroyer squadron.

Following completion of the General Staff Academy, Masorin was promoted to Commander of the Caspian Flotilla in 1996 and the Black Sea Fleet in 2002. Masorin was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy and to the rank of Fleet Admiral in 2005.

On August 24, 2007, Masorin became the first Russian recipient of the Legion of Merit (Commander) from the United States. His award was conferred by U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Michael Mullen, for meritorious conduct to increase cooperation and interoperability with the U.S. Navy and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from September 2005 to August 2007. Under his leadership the Russian Federation Navy participated in Active Endeavor, a NATO maritime counter-terrorism operation in the Mediterranean Sea. He consistently advocated continued Russian participation in the joint and combined military exercises including BALTOPS, Northern Eagle FRUKUS and Pacific Eagle.

His visit to Washington, D.C. during which he received the Legion of Merit was first official visit of a Russian Federation Navy Commander-in-Chief in eleven years. His predecessors as Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief previously making official visits to Washington were Fleet Admirals Vladimir Chernavin and Felix Gromov.

Fleet Admiral Masorin retired in late 2007 after reaching his 60th birthday.

Masorin remains as advisor on the staff of the Russian Minister of Defense. He is married with two sons.

Links and sources

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