Sergei Pinchuk

Sergei Mikhailovich Pinchuk (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Пинчук; born 26 July 1971) is an officer of the Russian Navy. He currently holds the rank of vice-admiral, and is deputy commander in chief of the Black Sea Fleet.

Sergei Mikhailovich Pinchuk
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Born26 July 1971 (1971-07-26) (age 49)
Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Navy
 Russian Navy
Years of service1988–present
Commands heldNovorossiysk Naval Base [ru]
Caspian Flotilla
AwardsOrder of Military Merit


Pinchuk was born on 26 July 1971 in Sevastopol, then part of the Ukrainian SSR, in the Soviet Union.[1] His father, Mikhail Fedorovich Pinchuk, was also a naval officer, who commanded the Kynda-class cruiser Groznyy, and served as the deputy commander of the Baltic Fleet for rear services, reaching the rank of kontr-admiral during his career.[2][3] Sergei attended the Nakhimov Naval School in Saint Petersburg, graduating in 1988 and entering the P. S. Nakhimov Black Sea Higher Naval School [ru] in Sevastopol.[4]

Pinchuk's initial service as an officer was spent with the Baltic Fleet, where from 1993 he commanded the anti-aircraft missile battery aboard the fleet's flagship, the Sovremenny-class destroyer Nastoychivy [ru].[1][2][4] Over a period of several years he rose through the ranks, serving as commander of the ship's missile and artillery division, then as senior assistant and finally commanding the ship between 2004 and 2007.[2][4] During this period he took the navy's higher officer classes, graduating in 1999, and further education at the N. G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy, graduating in 2004.[4] He was chief of staff of the Baltic Fleet's surface forces, based at Baltiysk, and from 2007 he was commander of the 105th brigade of ships, and chief of the Kronstadt garrison.[3]

From December 2010 Pinchuk served as chief of staff and first deputy commander of the Leningrad Naval Base. On 22 December 2011 he joined the Black Sea Fleet with an appointment to command the Novorossiysk Naval Base [ru].[1][4] In February 2014 Pinchuk was promoted to kontr-admiral, and in September 2014 he began studying at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.[2][3]

Pinchuk graduated from the Academy in 2016, and was appointed acting commander of the Caspian Flotilla in July that year, being confirmed in his position on 20 September.[3][5] On 18 February 2021 he was promoted to the rank of vice-admiral.[6] On 9 May 2021 he was appointed deputy commander in chief of the Black Sea Fleet.[7]

Over his career Pinchuk has been awarded various departmental orders and medals, including the Order of Military Merit in 2009.[1][2][3] He is married, with a son and daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Пинчук Сергей Михайлович" (in Russian). Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Пинчук, Сергей Михайлович Командующий Каспийской флотилией ВМФ РФ" (in Russian). TASS. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Пинчук Сергей Михайлович" (in Russian). Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Командующий Черноморским флотом представил нового командира Новороссийской военно-морской базы" (in Russian). Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Командующим Каспийской флотилией назначен контр-адмирал Сергей Пинчук" (in Russian). Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 18.02.2021 № 104 "О присвоении воинских званий высших офицеров, специальных званий высшего начальствующего состава и высшего специального звания"" (in Russian). 18 February 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Сергей Пинчук переходит на службу в Черноморский флот" (in Russian). Novoye Delo [ru]. 5 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.