Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Russian Navy Chief Sacked

As the fallout from the AS-28 rescue continues in Russia, President Putin today fired Navy chief Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov. In a departure from old Soviet practices, however, Putin found it in him to praise the fired officer:

"Mr Putin has praised Admiral Kuroyedov's efforts in helping with naval reform but also notes the bad times during his term since 1997.
"Since that time, we have not simply restored a significant part of the Navy but also created a realistic program for its development," he said.
"At the same time, there were difficult events, tragedies. We all know about that.
"But I would like to underline once again that with all these problems, all these tragedies, the main thing is that the navy is undergoing a revival."

Next up for firings should be either the Pacific Fleet commanders or more senior submariners. I'll be watching as it unfolds.

Bellringer 1135 05 Sep: Outside The Beltway has more on the story.

Update 1141 05 Sep: The other shoes are starting to drop. The new Navy chief, Admiral Vladimir Masorin, announced that "...Rear Admiral Alexander Zaika, the deputy commander of Russian forces in the North Eastern District, had been relieved of his duties and several other officials had been disciplined."

He went on to discuss some specifics of the comical Russian attempts to perform the rescue themselves:

"According to Masorin, a decision to assign an unskilled operator to conduct the rescue operation using a Russian-made underwater robot, Venom, led to the vehicle being damaged.
"We had the Venom vehicle, but its staff operator was not there, and nobody was on hand to substitute him," the officer said."

Admiral Masonin, the former Russian Navy Chief of Staff, had headed the investigation into the AS-28 calamity before being elevated to his present job. Before that, he was commander of the Black Sea Fleet. I'm not sure which warfare community he comes from, but I did read that the new commander of the Russian Northern Fleet is a skimmer, breaking a long tradition of giving that job to a submariner. My guess is that the submariners are losing their power in the Russian fleet.


Anonymous Bernie said...

Not Unusual. In the spirit of "There but for the grace of God go I" The DSRV-1 Mystic went through a similar incident. A Transfer ballast isolation valse was installed backwards causing it to seat against sea pressure instead of with sea pressure.
The tank flooded and the boat was trapped 2500 feet down. The crew managed to "Self rescue" by pumpimg variable ballast, infating the main ballast bags, and using the vertical thrusters to ascend.
None the less, a staff officer on board the TQ (Transquest) transmitted an OPREP 3 and the entire world was in on the incident. The investigation resulted in the firing of the Lockheed Engineer who "Blessed" the installation, the navy QA inspector went to mast, and the OIC was given two options: Retire or face court martial. The IOC, a Mustang with well over 20 chose to retire.

9/04/2005 9:29 PM

Anonymous R Gardner said...

I saw similar as the CSTGWC (CTG 14.6) Duty Officer (I relieved the CSG-1 Comms Officer) during the Turtle incident about 1990 (hung up in cables off San Clemente). The point here is that stuff happens (er, putting it mildly). And on the ops end, it was not CSG-5; most attack sub guys do not understand how complicated the operational end of things can be, nor even who you are actually working for.

I posted a non-submariner version at

Just that he had been fired.

And I've been to Deep Seat on Mystic at 1570' - totally unclassified, and have the certificate, waste of a bicycle though.

9/05/2005 2:15 AM

Blogger geezernuke said...

Here's the replacement for Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov.

9/05/2005 10:33 AM

Anonymous Bernie said...

Turte was entangled in 1990? That was a hard luck boat! It caught fire back in 83, always had problems. I was on the Avalon DSRV-2 from 82-85

9/05/2005 11:41 AM


Post a Comment

<< Home