Vladimir Chernavin

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Vladimir Chernavin
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Born (1928-04-22) April 22, 1928 (age 94)
Nikolayev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Service/branch  Soviet Navy
Russia Russian Navy
Years of service 1944–1993
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held Northern Fleet
Soviet Navy
CIS Navy
Russian Navy
Battles/wars Cold War
Awards Hero of the Soviet UnionHero of the Soviet Union
Order of LeninOrder of Lenin (2)
Order of the October Revolution
Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Red Star (2)
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Order of St. Andrew[1]

Fleet Admiral Vladimir Nikolayevich Chernavin (Russian: Владимир Николаевич Чернавин; born April 22, 1928) was the last Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy 1985-91, the only Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Independent States Navy 1991, and the first Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy 1991-92.


Chernavin was born in Nikolayev, Ukraine. He entered the Higher Naval School in Baku in 1944 and graduated from the Frunze Higher Naval School in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1951. He was the Executive Officer of a submarine in 1951 and became commander of the November class submarine K-21 in 1959. He attended the Naval Academy in 1962-65 and the General Staff Academy in 1967-69 after which he became divisional commander in 1969 and commanded the submarine flotillas of the Northern Fleet. In 1977 he was appointed Commander of the Northern Fleet and in 1981 was awarded a title of the Hero of the Soviet Union. From 1981-85 he was Chief of the Main Staff/1st Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy. He became the commander-in-chief of the Soviet Navy upon the retirement of the legendary Sergey Gorshkov. He retired in 1992. In retirement he is chairman of the Soviet submariners association.

Honours and awards


  1. http://www.mil.ru Order awarded on 10 December 2013


Military offices
Preceded by
Sergey Gorshkov

Soviet Navy/CIS Navy/Russian Navy
1985 – 1993

Succeeded by
Feliks Gromov

Commander-in-Chief, Russian Navy