Vladimir Kuroyedov
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...

 Vladimir Ivanovich Kuroyedov 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
Baltic Fleet
The Twice Red Banner Baltic Fleet - is the Russian Navy's presence in the Baltic Sea. In previous historical periods, it has been part of the navy of Imperial Russia and later the Soviet Union. The Fleet gained the 'Twice Red Banner' appellation during the Soviet period, indicating two awards of...

, 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
Russian submarine K-141 Kursk
K-141 Kursk was an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine of the Russian Navy, lost with all hands when it sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000...

 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 or because the President wished to emphasize the need for greater discipline in the Navy. The simplest reason is that he had already served at the president's pleasure one year beyond legal retirement age
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