Zelensky taps Rear Admiral Neizhpapa to command Ukraine's Navy (Photo)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa as Ukraine's Navy Commander.
Relevant decree № 217/2020 was signed by the president on June 11, the presidential press service said.
Neizhpapa was born in the city of Sevastopol, Crimea, in 1975. He graduated from Sevastopol Naval Institute in 1997, from the same Institute (operational and tactical level) in 2008, and from Ukraine's National Defense University in 2015.
In 2015-2019, he was deputy commander of the Navy for combat training and headed the combat training department of the Navy's Command.
Since April 2020, Neizhpapa has been serving as deputy commander of the Ukrainian Navy. He took part in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
He served on ships of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a lieutenant to a captain of the first rank inclusively (in positions from the commander of a group of frigates to the commander of a brigade of surface vessels).
He received military ranks twice as a ship commander and a brigade commander. He was repeatedly in charge of Ukrainian-U.S. Sea Breeze drills as commander on behalf of Ukraine.