Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov said at a meeting with officers that he had been appointed Acting Commander of the Fleet by order of August 10. He replaced Igor Osipov in this position, whose resignation was not officially announced by the Ministry of Defense =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The head of the Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov, at a meeting with young officers, announced that he had been appointed acting commander of the Black Sea Fleet, TASS reports.
Sokolov clarified that the order of the Minister of Defense appointing him to this position is dated August 10 .
The fact that the head of the academy will replace the current commander-in-chief, Admiral Igor Osipov, was reported on August 17 by Krymskaya Gazeta. and RIA Novosti Crimea. One of the agency's sources noted that in the context of the military operation in Ukraine, “no one is obliged to publicly report such appointments.”
The Black Sea Fleet then called the information about the change of commander in chief gossip: “When it is appointed, then it will officially announced.
The reasons for Osipov's resignation were not officially named. On the website of the Ministry of Defense, he is still listed as the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. The admiral has held this position since May 2019. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of the General Staff, even earlier— First Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet and Commander of the Caspian Flotilla. Osipov was awarded the Order for Naval Merit.
Viktor Sokolov is 60 years old. Since 2020, he has been in charge of the Naval Academy. N.G. Kuznetsov, before that (since 2013) he was deputy commander of the Northern Fleet. Awarded the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” IV degree with swords, orders of Nakhimov, “For Military Merit” and “For Naval Merit”.
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