Subs, ships, troops, aircraft and amphibious vehicles were appointed in a number of Russia’s port cities, serving as an example of the country’s power and capabilities and marking Navy Day.
The celebration commemorates the many victories of Russia’s seamen and is carried out every year on July’s last Sunday, with parades of the Northern, Pacific, Black and Baltic Sea fleets and the Caspian Flotilla.
“On July’s last Sunday, the tradition calls for us to honor Navy servicemen and veterans. We send out our congratulations to all workers involved in shipbuilding and repairing wharfs as well as research organizations regarding the military-industrial complex and to all those that are in some way inseparably related to sea service,” commented the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu.
As traditionally done, the Sunday celebrations were kicked off in the Russian Far East with a Pacific Fleet parade in Amur Bay, where 20 warship vessels and subs were led by the Varyag missile cruiser. The anti-submarine vessels Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Vinogradov, the Nikolay Vilkov landing ship and the Bistry destroyer all took part in the celebration.
The Platform-M robot was truly among the military display’s most interesting highlights in Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In Kamchatka’s Avachinsky Bay 15 warship vessels and support ships were presented at the celebrations.
More than 30 submarines, warships, support vessels, fast boats, over 15 pieces of the military equipment of the coast forces as well as over 2,000 Baltic Fleet troops appeared before the big crowds during the events that took place on Sunday.
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, took part in the festivities in Baltyisk, in the western Kaliningrad region, the country’s exclave regarding the Baltic Sea.
On Sunday, the communication vessel that it Yury Ivanov joined the fleet and flew Russia’s St. Andrew’s colours for the very first time. Other various vessels like the Kaliningrad assault landing ship, the Nastoichiviy destroyer, the Stereguschy corvette, the Admiral Grigorovich frigate, the Alexey Obukhov mine sweeper and the Stary Oskol diesel-electric submarine vessel cruised the waters of the Baltic Sea. Eight crews of the MiG-31 interceptors and the Su-34 fullback bombers made their first appearance ever at the Baltyisk parade.
Ten ships and vessels, such as the Minsk landing ship, the Vyborg submarine and the Urengoy anti-submarine vessel took part in the display in the country’s northern capital that is St. Petersburg.
The Northern Fleet in the Murmansk Region and in Severomorsk offered a real treat to its viewers by carrying out a simulated battle involving a landing amphibious on the coast with the air forces’ participation. The Kondopoga and Georgy Pobedonosets assault landing vessels carried out the pretend attack with armored personnel carriers trying to counter the assault.
In Crimea, 35 aircrafts, 20 ships, 21 units of coast military equipment and 10 auxiliary vessels were appointed at the Sevastopol port. The Ladny patrol ship was responsible for orchestrating a fire at a test target. After the parade had concluded, a video depicting the fire and featuring an apparent rocket launch failure was uploaded on YouTube.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin posted a new edition of the Naval Doctrine of Russia on the official website of the president. On Sunday, Putin met with the country’s top brass aboard the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in Baltyisk. He commented that the doctrine’s primary goal is ensuring a comprehensive, sufficient and consecutive naval policy that will make sure that the national interests of Russia are secured.
Chief Commander Viktor Chirkov announced that Russia’s Navy is going to be receiving 10 warship vessels and more than 40 support ones by this year’s end.
“Following 2015, we are also planning to initiate the building of submarines – the Yasen, Borei and Lada class ones,” Chirkov further said.