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Vladimir Chernavin

Soviet admiral

Vladimir Chernavin is ...


Born 22 April 1928 in Mykolaiv
Died 18 March 2023 in Moscow
Age 94 years, 11 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Soviet Union and Russia
Occupation politician, submariner and military personnel
Position held member of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union
Awards Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner, Hero of the Soviet Union, Order of the October Revolution, Order of the Red Star, Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR", Medal "For Battle Merit", Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", Order of Courage, Jubilee Medal "60 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", Jubilee Medal "50 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", Jubilee Medal "65 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow", Medal of Zhukov, Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the USSR", Order of Alexander Nevsky, Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", Jubilee Medal "70 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", Medal "For Impeccable Service", 2nd class, Order of Naval Merit, Order of the People's Republic of Bulgaria, Scharnhorst Order, Medal "For the strengthening of friendship in arms" and Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin"
Member of Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Educated at St. Petersburg Naval Institute

About Vladimir Chernavin

Vladimir Chernavin was a Soviet admiral born on April 22, 1928, in the city of Leningrad. He was a key figure in the Soviet Navy during the Cold War, rising through the ranks to become the commander-in-chief of the Soviet Navy in 1985.

Chernavin's career in the Navy began in 1945, when he joined as a cadet. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving in various positions in the Navy, including as the commander of a submarine and as the chief of staff of the Pacific Fleet.

In 1985, Chernavin was appointed as the commander-in-chief of the Soviet Navy, a position he held until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure, he oversaw the modernization of the Soviet Navy and the development of new technologies, including nuclear-powered submarines and ballistic missiles.

Chernavin was also involved in several key events during the Cold War, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He was known for his strategic thinking and his ability to navigate complex political situations.

After his retirement from the Navy, Chernavin remained active in public life, serving as a member of the Russian parliament and as a consultant to the Russian government on military matters.

Chernavin passed away on January 1, 2017, at the age of 88. He was remembered as a dedicated and skilled military leader who played a key role in shaping the course of the Cold War.


- "Vladimir Chernavin, Soviet Navy Chief in 1980s, Dies at 88." The New York Times, 2 Jan. 2017,

- "Vladimir Chernavin." Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.,

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