Arseniy Golovko

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Arseniy Golovko
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Birth nameArseniy Grigoriyevich Golovko
Born(1906-06-10)June 10, 1906
Prokhladny, Terek Oblast, Russian Empire
DiedMay 17, 1962(1962-05-17) (aged 55)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Navy
Years of service1925–1962
Commands heldNorthern Fleet, Baltic Fleet, Caspian Flotilla, Amur Military Flotilla
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsOrder of Lenin ribbon bar.png Order of Lenin ribbon bar.png Order of Lenin ribbon bar.png Order of Lenin ribbon bar.png Order of Ushakov (twice)
Order of Nakhimov
Order of the Red Banner (four times)
Order of the Red Star (twice)

Arseniy Grigoriyevich Golovko (Russian: Арсений Григорьевич Головко; June 10, 1906 – May 17, 1962) was a Soviet admiral, whose naval service extended from the 1920s through the early Cold War.[1]


He entered the Soviet Navy in 1925 and graduated in 1928 from the M.V. Frunze Higher Naval School in Leningrad. After that he served in various Fleet assignments. In 1937 and 1938 he took part in the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Republicans. After his return to the USSR he attended the naval warfare school. From 1940 to 1946, during the Second World War, he was Commander of the Red Banner Northern Fleet.

After the war he held various naval commands, among them Commander of the Baltic Fleet. In 1956 he was named First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy, he died in 1962.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

For his services, Golovko received the Order of Lenin four times and the Order of the Red Banner four times (twice with the Order of Ushakov), he also was decorated numerous times with other domestic and foreign orders and medals.

Personal life[edit]

His wife was the distinguished Russian actress Kira Golovko, his daughter Natalia Golovko is also an actress.[4][5]