Russia shows muscles on its Navy Day

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Russian President Putin saluting the Naval Parade

On July 25, the Russian Navy held the Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg and Kronshtadt in honour of Navy Day.

On Russia’s Navy Day on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed the Main Naval Parade on the Neva River in St. Petersburg. Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, briefed Putin on the readiness for the naval parade.

A total of 54 vessels of different types and more than 4,000 servicemen are slated to participate in the main event. For the first time, the parade in St. Petersburg will feature three nuclear-powered submarines. The main parade was attended by 46 ships, boats and vessels last year.

The parade formation on the Neva River includes 18 combat ships and vessels, including the anti-saboteur boats Nakhimovets, Yunarmeyets Belomorya, P-429, Yunarmeyets Baltiki, P-461, P-462, Valery Fedyanin and Yunarmeyets Dagestana, the amphibious assault boat Aleksei Barinov with the botik (small boat) of Peter the Great and the amphibious assault boat Ivan Pasko, the minesweeper RT-57, the mine countermeasures ship Aleksandr Obukhov, the minesweeper Pavel Khenov, the missile corvettes Odintsovo and Zelyonoy Dol and two Mangust-class high-speed patrol boats.

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Photo courtesy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign warships were also present at the event. The parade was attended by Iran’s Moudge-class frigate Sahand and forward base ship Makran, as well as India’s Talwar-class frigate INS Tabar. Vietnam sent two warships to participate in the Main Naval Parade.

What’s Russian Navy Day :

The Russian Navy Day is a national holiday in Russia and a senior holiday in the Russian Armed Forces. The Russian Navy and its specialized arms are honoured on this day (Naval Aviation and the Coastal Troops consisting of the Naval Infantry and the Coastal Missile and Artillery Troops). It is observed every year on the last Sunday of July.

The first Russian Navy was established in 1696 for the Tsardom of Russia. Navy Day was established in the Soviet Union by a decree of the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR and the Central Committee of the VKPB on June 22, 1939, in connection with the Battle of Gangut. The Supreme Soviet’s Presidium cancelled the holiday on October 1, 1980. Navy Day was reinstated by President of Russia Vladimir Putin’s Decree.

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