Gorshkov is often associated with the phrase "'Better' is the enemy of 'Good Enough'" ("Лучшее - враг хорошего") which is reputed to have hung on the wall of his office as a motto.
Sergey Gorshkov was Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy in the 1960s. In 1965, when tensions between the United States and the Race threatened to boil over into war after it was revealed that the U.S. was responsible for the 1962 Attack on the Race's Colonization Fleet, the Soviet Union decided to back the U.S. rather than risk becoming the only independent human great power left on Earth. Sergey Gorshkov quickly made certain that the Soviet Union's submarine fleet was ready. Happily, war never came.
| Military offices|
|Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy|
| Succeeded by|
Vladimir Nikolayevich Chernavin