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Lev Anatolevich Vladimirsky (27 September 1903, Guryev – 7 September 1973, Moscow), was a Soviet naval officer and an Admiral (1954).
Vladimirsky graduated from the M. V. Frunze Naval school (1925), and studied at the special courses for commanding officers (1927), and the Military Academy of General Staff (1952).
Vladimirsky served aboard the Black and Azov seas ships as a navigator, watch chief, artilleryman, and senior deputy commander of a destroyer. From 1932 he commanded a destroyer escort, destroyer, destroyer leader, and from 1937, serving as chief of staff of the brigade of cruisers, and operations officer of a cruiser brigade. Early in 1938 he served on the French transport Bonifacio to supply arms and ammunition to the Spanish communists in the last stages of the Spanish Civil War, and later in 1938 Vladimirsky headed a detachment of hydrographic vessels, which accomplished a passage from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
After being the officer accepting delivery of the first Tashkent class destroyer, from June 1939 Vladimirsky was commanding a squadron of the Black Sea Fleet, which from the beginning of the Second World War participated in the fighting during the defence of Odessa and Sevastopol. In September 1941 he led an amphibious landing in Grigorevki region. From May 1943 Vladimirsky commanded the Black Sea Fleet, leading naval forces in the Novorossiysk (1943) and Kerch-Eltigen (1943) landing operations. In May 1944 Vladimirsky was appointed squadron commander in the Baltic Fleet. He assumed command during participation in Vyborg operation of 1944.
In 1947 Vladimirsky was appointed Admiral-Inspector of the Main Inspection of Armed Forces, and later served as the Chief for the administration for naval educational institutions, Deputy Chief Inspector of Armed Forces for Military Naval Forces (VMF). From 1952 he was Chief for the Chief Directorate of Navy Military Training, and from April 1953, Chief for the administration of combat training VMF, becoming the Deputy Glavkom VMF on ship building in March 1955. In 1956-59 Vladimirsky is the Chairman of naval scientific and technical committee.
From 1959 Vladimirsky predominantly worked in scientific and pedagogical roles, notably as Deputy Chief of the Naval Academy (1962–67), and the professor-consultant of the academy (1967–70). Starting on the 15 October 1968 he headed several complex Soviet oceanographic expeditions; in 1968 - round-the-world expedition on the oceanographic vessel Polus (Pole).
Vladimirsky retired in 1970.
Honours and awards
- Two Orders of Lenin
- Order of Red Banner, three times
- Order of Suvorov, 2nd class
- Order of Ushakov, 2nd class
- Jubilee Medal "XX Years of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army"
- Medal "For the Defence of Odessa"
- Medal "For the Defence of Sevastopol"
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
- Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "30 Years of the Soviet Army and Navy"
- Jubilee Medal "40 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Citations and notes
- Zonin, Sergey Aleksandrovich, Faithful to the ocean: About L.A., Vladimirsky, Politizdat, Moscow, 1986 (Зонин, Сергей Александрович, Верность океану: О Л. А. Владимирском, Политиздат, 1986.)