Vitus Jonassen Bering (1681 - 1741) was Dane who served as a Navigator and Captain Kommander of the Russian Navy where he was known as Ivan Ivanovich. He saw service in the Baltic and the Azov Sea Fleet in the Russo Turkish War. His ships of exploration included the St Gabriel, St Peter and St Paul. His discoveries included the Aleutians and Alaska. The Bering Sea, Bering Glacier, Bering Land Bridge and Bering Island are all named for him.