When Ukraine gained its independence, Anatolii Leeonidovych headed Special Forces military unit of the Black Sea Fleet. It became the best unit under his command among similar to units of naval fleet of the former USSR.
In 1991, Captain Navy Anatolii Karpenko and headed by him personnel undoubtedly took the oath of allegiance to Ukrainian people
In 1997, disagreeing on views of the command of the Navy of Ukraine considering the future of the Ukrainian fleet, a professional Anatolii Karpenko left military service.
DIU workforce mourns concerning the death of Anatolii Leonidovych Karpenko and expresses sincere condolence to the family of deceased.