Wreath laying Ceremony at Monument for Captain Kukenski in Varna/Bulgaria

bulgarienA ceremony of laying wreaths took place at the Monument of Captain Hristo Kukenski, on 28 of March 2014, on the occasion of his 105 th birth anniversary. The celebration was organized by the Bulgarian Naval Confederation (BNC).
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Governor of Varna region, Mr. Ivan Velikov, the CO of Burgas Naval Base,  Commodore Mitko Petev, the Commandant of Bulgarian Naval Academy, the Director of Varna Naval Museum and members of BNC.

Captain (Navy) Hristo Kukenski had studied at the Naval Academy of Livorno, Italy from 1930 onwards and graduated in 1933. He had been the first Commanding Officer of BNS “Georgi Dimitrov”, a destroyer, given by Soviet Union to Bulgaria in 1949.

Three times Cpt. Kukenski had been fired from Navy, as he had been a former officer of the his Majesty Tzar Boris „ Third Navy“.  And twice he has been reinstalled because of the necessity for trained officers in the Navy and professors at the Naval Academy. He completed his naval service as  the chief of Naval Academy‘s Operational Department.

bulgarienAfter the last dismissal, the captain joined first Varna Shipyard as a technologist and changed then  to the merchant fleet and became a Master Mariner (1973).

He is the author of a memoirs book, with the title “Sea Life” and has been a distinguished ulgarian Navy officer, who had taught hundreds of young sailors of the Bulgarian Navy and Merchant Marine.

By Captain Stanko Stankov
Chairman of BNC Confederate Council


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