Putin appointed commander of the Baltic fleet

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has appointed Vice Admiral Alexander Nosatova commander of the Baltic fleet, reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the press service of the Baltic fleet. “By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 17 September 2016 Vice-Admiral of Nosatov Alexander Mikhailovich was appointed commander of the Baltic fleet”, — have informed in a press-service (quoted by TASS).

July 1, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Nosatov appointed acting commander of the Baltic fleet.

Nosatov after graduating from the Military Academy of the General staff in 2009, he became commander of the Baltic naval base of the Baltic fleet. In March 2012, he was appointed chief of staff of the black sea fleet, and in may of this year he became head of the Military educational and scientific center of Navy “naval Academy named Kuznetsov.

The previous commander of the Baltic fleet Viktor Kravchuk was removed from office in late June. He was then suspended and the chief of staff Sergei Popov.

They were dismissed for “serious shortcomings in combat training, as well as the distortion in the reports of the real state of Affairs,” he said then in a press release of the Ministry of defense, and it was also noted that defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Moscow city government’s activities Kravchuk and Popova tough and principled assessment. The military has provided for removal from posts and dismissal from military service.

As wrote “Kommersant”, the first claim to Kravchuk appeared a year ago, but the defense Ministry decided to give him a chance to correct the matter. Trust, however, the then commander of the fleet is not justified: the newspaper’s sources claimed that twice during the reference checks Kravchuk suddenly fell ill, leaving instead of a Vice. The inspectors during the inspection discovered that the personnel of one of the units is asleep in the barracks on bare mattresses.

A more serious blunder was the attempt to conceal from the authorities the consequences of the emergency diesel-electric submarine B-265 “Krasnodar”. As reported by “Kommersant”, the submarine received damage to the hull and some of the units during the Commission of a failed maneuver, however, the reports of the Baltic fleet, the extent of the damage “Krasnodar” was significantly understated. Also, according to the newspaper, inspectors found actually forgeries in reports on tasks for mine defense.

The interlocutor of the edition noted that Kravchuk had to attend a meeting of the Board of the Ministry of defense on June 29 to give an explanation, but before told his colleagues that the newly ill. As a result, the Minister decided to dismiss him not on the health, as planned, but with much more harsh words.