On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, in honor of the oldest military hydrograph and veteran of the Great Patriotic War, 1st Rank Captain Viktor Starozhitsky, a naval orchestra performed and solemnly passed the formation of cadets at the entrance of his house.
Songs of the war years and favorite naval tunes sounded especially for the veteran.
“Navy men will always check their deeds and actions with examples of service to the Motherland, with the courage of people like Viktor Vladimirovich Starozhitsky,” noted the congratulation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, addressed to the outstanding military hydrograph and veteran of the Great Patriotic War V.V. Starozhitsky.
Viktor Vladimirovich Starozhitsky was born on January 12, 1919 in Saratov.
At the end of 1930 he entered the Higher Naval School (VVMU) named after M.V. Frunze at the hydrographic faculty. In 1941, with the outbreak of World War II, like all 4th year cadets of VVMU named after M.V. Frunze, he was prematurely released from the school with the assignment of military rank “lieutenant” and sent to the formed naval brigade, where he was subsequently awarded the title “ senior lieutenant. " In the period 1941-1943. Senior Lieutenant Viktor Starozhitsky participated in battles on the Karelian Front as commander of the fire platoon (deputy battery) of the fighter anti-tank battalion of the 45-mm guns of the 85th Marine Rifle Brigade.
At the end of 1943 he was sent to the Baltic Fleet and was appointed commander of a torpedo boat of the 2nd detachment of ships under construction, where he was awarded the military rank of “captain-lieutenant”. 1944-1945 were tense and responsible in the service of captain-lieutenant Viktor Starozhitsky.
Having been appointed senior hydrograph of a separate maneuverable hydrographic unit of the Baltic Fleet, he took part in the navigational and hydrographic support of the combat trawling of the Narva Bay and the Nargen-Porkkalauda mine position, as well as in providing the Peipsi landing operation.
In early January 1945, Viktor Starozhitsky was included in a special hydrographic reconnaissance group, which together with the advanced units of the advancing Soviet troops, until the end of April 1945, traveled along the coast of the Baltic Fleet from the city of Klaipeda to Szczecin. Viktor Starozhitsky’s duties included: collecting trophy maps, updating maps and locations around the area, photographing objects of naval bases and harbors, compiling and transmitting operational information for the Baltic Fleet through the nearest army contact points.
After the war ended in 1945-1949. Captain of the 3rd rank Viktor Starozhitsky, being the head of the hydrographic part of the hydrographic service area of the naval base in Baltiysk (Pillau), actively carried out numerous studies of the new theater and the aftermath of the war at sea.
After completing the courses of officers of the Navy hydrographs in 1950-1952. Viktor Vladimirovich served as commander of the hydrographic party of the maneuverable hydrographic unit in Tallinn. In 1952, Victor Starozhitsky entered the hydrographic faculty of the Naval Academy of Shipbuilding and Arms named after A.N. Krylova. In 1956, after graduating from the academy, the 2nd-rank captain Viktor Starozhitsky was sent to serve as a senior officer for further service at the Navy's Hydrographic Department in Leningrad. Here, his activities were closely related to the work of the Scientific Research Navigation and Hydrographic Institute, where he supervised the development of new hydrographic equipment.
In 1961, Viktor Starozhitsky was discharged to the reserve, but did not interrupt his communication with the fleet. He was engaged in the development of methods and technical means of hydrographic work, including in the field of the creation and use of underwater research vehicles.
For his services to the Motherland, Viktor Starozhitsky was awarded orders of the Patriotic War II degree, two orders of the Red Star, medals "For Military Merit" and "For Victory over Germany", has more than 40 government awards.
Currently, Viktor Vladimirovich conducts active military historical work among young people, fosters love for the motherland and the Navy.
Viktor Vladimirovich has three children, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.