The Russian Navy Day took place on July 26th, with the accompanying parade to celebrate the event.
The day of the Navy is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday of July on the basis of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 31st, 2006 “On the establishment of professional holidays and memorable days in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”
The parade began with a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He noted that the Russian Navy is fulfilling its tasks with dignity, flawlessly serving the Fatherland.
“Warships flying the legendary St. Andrew’s flag, all the personnel of the Navy adequately perform the most difficult tasks. Such impeccable service, service to our people, to our Fatherland reflects the unique sea soul of every sailor and officer. We are proud of him. We are proud of the outstanding military victories of our great compatriots,” Putin stressed.
The head of state also said that in 2020, 40 new ships and vessels of various classes will be accepted into the Navy.
“The modern Russian Navy includes ships equipped with precision weapons, strategic submarine cruisers and multipurpose submarines, the latest aircraft and other aircraft, unique weapons and special equipment,” Putin said.
There’s been frequent parades for the Navy throughout the years.
For the first time in 2020, the parade also included an air part.
In recent years, Astrakhan, Baltiysk, Vladivostok, Polyarny, Sevastopol, Severomorsk and the naval base in the port of Tartus in Syria have also received ship parades in honor of the Russian fleet.
The primary Parade takes place in St. Petersburgs. This year 46 warships will pass along the Neva.
The parade will be opened by the anti-sabotage boats “Nakhimovets” and “Yunarmeets Zapolyarya”.
Landing ships, minesweepers and small missile ships will also pass.
The new frigate “Admiral Kasatonov”, which has just recently joined the Russian fleet, will also take part in the parade.
Additionally, 41 aircraft will take part in the air part of the parade, among which it will be possible to see the Be-200 Altair anti-submarine amphibious aircraft.
In addition, one of the largest combat aircraft in the world, the anti-submarine Tu-142, will take to the air.
And the land part of the parade will consist of the parade crews of the 907th Joint Training Center of the Navy, the St. Petersburg Naval Institute, the Naval Polytechnic Institute and the Naval Academy.
The Navy as an independent branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation took shape from the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
The creation of a regular navy in Russia was due to the country’s urgent need to overcome territorial, political and cultural isolation, which at the turn of the 17th-18th centuries became the main obstacle to the economic and social development of the Russian state.
The first regular formation of the Russian Navy was the Azov fleet, which was formed from ships and vessels built in the winter of 1695-1696 and intended to assist the army in the campaign to seize the Turkish fortress of Azov.
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