Sergey Gorshkov
Historical Figure
Nationality: Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (born in the Russian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1910
Date of Death: 1988
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Author of Non-Fiction, Sailor
Military Branch: Soviet Navy
World War II
Political Party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Aftershocks
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Sergey Georgiyevich Gorshkov (Серге́й Георгиевич Горшков, 26 February 1910 - 13 May 1988) was a Soviet naval officer during the Cold War who oversaw the expansion of the Soviet Navy into a global force. After a distinguished career during World War II, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy in 1956, a position he held until 1985. He became the Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union in 1967, the highest naval rank of the Soviet Unions, and one of only three men to achieve that rank. Under Leonid Brezhnev, Gorshkov oversaw a massive naval build-up throughout the 1970s.

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 in WorldwarEdit

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.[1] Happily, war never came.


  1. Aftershocks, pg. 248.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nikolai Kuznetsov
Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy
Succeeded by
Vladimir Nikolayevich Chernavin