Commander --- STARTSEV, Yuriy,
Appointed 26 December
(ITAR-TASS, 16 Jan 03).
[ Startsev: born August 11, 1950, in Simferopol, the Crimea, Ukraine. 1972 graduated from the Black Sea Higher Naval School in Sevastopol and in 1980 from the Higher
Naval Academy in Leningrad. Posts ranged from commander of Combat
Section 2 of a medium landing craft, commander of a medium landing craft,
chief of a training vessels brigade, chief-of-staff of a warship brigade
protecting a water area, and commander a landing ship brigade in the Caspian
flotilla, and chief-of-staff and deputy commander of the Caspian Flotilla in
1991. Has received orders For Military Merit, For Service to Motherland in
the Soviet Armed Forces, For Combat Merit. Married and has a son.
Startsev takes the commander's post over from Vice-Admiral Vladimir Massorin,
whom the Russian Defense Ministry has moved to command the Black Sea Fleet
(ITAR-TASS, 16 Jan 03; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 16 Jan 03).]
Commander was MASORIN, Vladimir Vasilyevich, V-Adm (Krasnaya Zvezda, 18 Nov 00; ITAR-TASS, Trud 10 Oct 02).]