Feliks Gromov
Fleet Admiral
Admiral of the Fleet (Russia)
Admiral of the Fleet or Fleet Admiral is the highest naval rank of the Russian Federation. It is the equivalent of the Soviet naval rank of Admiral of the Fleet and the present Russian rank of General of the Army.The rank is roughly equivalent to 4-stars Admiral ranks of other nations.There is...

 Feliks Nikolayevich Gromov ' onMouseout='HidePop("16652")' href="/topics/Vladivostok">Vladivostok
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) is a former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. Gromov is married and has a daughter and a son.

Gromov was born in Vladivostok and joined the navy in 1955. He completed the S.O. Makarov Pacific Higher Naval School in 1959. He served as an officer on a destroyer and in 1961 served in the strategic rocket forces on an exchange programme. Gromov returned to the navy in 1962 and served on the Sverdlov class cruiser
Sverdlov class cruiser
The Sverdlov class cruisers, Soviet designation Project 68bis, were the last conventional cruisers built for the Soviet Navy; 13 ships were completed before Nikita Khrushchev called a halt to the programme as these ships were considered obsolescent with the advent of the guided missile...

 Admiral Senyavin and the Kotlin class destroyer Vdokhnovennyy. He subsequently commanded the cruisers Senyavin and the Dmitry Pozharsky.

In 1977 Gromov became commander of a squadron of surface ships in the Baltic Fleet and was transferred to the Soviet Northern Fleet in 1982. In 1984 he became deputy commander of the Soviet Northern Fleet and was promoted to its commander in 1988.

In 1992 Gromov was given command of the Russian Navy following the dissolution of the Soviet Union
Dissolution of the Soviet Union
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. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet by Boris Yeltsin
Boris Yeltsin
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999.Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika reforms as one of Gorbachev's most powerful political opponents. On 29 May 1990 he was elected the chairman of...

 in 1996 and retired in 1997 at age 60, the mandated retirement age for Admiral
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s and Fleet Admirals.

The Jamestown Foundation speculated that Gromov was dismissed because of a Russian Pacific Fleet ammunition explosion which seems to have attracted wide attention.


  • http://jamestown.org/email-to-friend.php?article_id=3219 Morskoy sbornik, No. 4, April 1992, p. 13.
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