Vladimir Putin has declared Vice-Admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, according to RIA Novosti.
Admiral Aleksandr Viktorovich Vitko, who previously commanded the fleet, will continue his military service at his new posting at the High Command of the Russian Navy,” according to RIA.
The new commander, Vice Admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev began his long carrier of service to Russia, as an engineer of a radio combat-engineering unit, and he rose to become one of the deputy chiefs of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
He was born in the Kaliningrad region, Russia’s seaside exclave, in the old Teutonic fortress now located between Poland and Lithuania.
He began his service in 1981, and graduated from the Higher naval school of radio electronics, named after A.S. Popov, and he completed further education at Kuznetsov Naval Academy.
A Hero of the Russian Federation (the title for one who holds the highest military medal), he was also awarded the Order of Courage, the Order “For Military Merit”, and the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” II degree.
The Kaliningrad region where he was born, is a very special part of Russia, not only because of it’s Prussian-Teutonic history, but in being an exclave, it does not touch the borders of Russia.
Kaliningrad was once known as Königsberg, and home to the famous castle, which is now in ruins.
RT put together two wonderful presentations of the Kaliningrad region. The first one is slightly older:
However, this more recent video is dedicated to the fact that part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Kaliningrad.
Of course, Kaliningrad is located on the Baltic Sea, which is quite far from Vice-Admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev’s new posting at the Black Sea Fleet. The Black Sea Fleet has a long and proud history, as they helped settle the region of what is now Southern Ukraine, but was then called New Russia or Novorossia, as discussed in this article.
The Black Sea fleet helped build the docks in all of the major cities in the south, and this is why this region is particularly Russian, because essentially all the cities there were built in the late 18th century by the Russian Empire, as opposed to those old Rus’ lands in Malorossia or Galicia which were annexed by Poland-Lithuania (and Austria in the case of Galicia) for hundreds of years.
Did you know, however, that the Black Sea fleet can boast a Saint among the ranks of its commanders?
That’s right! One of Vice-Admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev’s predecessors was, in fact, a Saint. His name is Admiral Fyodor Ushakov, and he watches over the fleet to this day, and prays for its sailors before the Throne of God. I would compare him to the British Admiral Lord Nelson, however, they were not that similar.
Ushakov was actually far superior in both formal rank and skill, and Nelson, out of jealousy, hated the idea of being put under his command during naval conflicts with Napoleon.
Ushakov’s story is amazing, if you read about his life, you will understand why during his life, the Ottoman Empire simply had to accept that the Black Sea was a Russian pond.