President Vladimir Putin said the Russian navy will get 40 new ships this year, as he attended a naval parade in St Petersburg on Sunday marking the country’s Navy Day.
The parade in the port city and the nearby town of Kronshtadt featured 200 ships and vessels and over 4,000 troops and aimed to ‘demonstrate the growing power of our navy,’ Putin said on Friday.
He said 40 ships of different classes will enter service this year, and that the Russian navy will be equipped with hypersonic weapons to boost its combat capabilities.
Opening the parade, he said that ‘six more vessels for the far-sea zone were laid down at Russia’s three leading shipyards’ in the past few days.
The Kremlin has made military modernization its top priority amid tensions with the West that followed Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Similar parades marking Russia’s Navy Day on Sunday took place in the Far Eastern cities of Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Sevastopol in the annexed Crimea, the seaport towns of Severomorsk and Baltiysk, Kaspirsk in the south of Russia and the port city of Tartus in Syria.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (centre), Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov (left), Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) inspect warships in the Kronstadt roadstead on board a Raptor boat ahead of a military parade on Russian Navy Day
Russian servicemen march during a military parade on Russian Navy Day. The event is traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of July
Russian warships sail during the Navy Day parade in Kronstadt near Saint Petersburg, Russia, today as part of the day’s celebrations
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St Petersburg, Russia, today
Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Western Military District of Russian Armed Forces Alexander Zhuravlyov are pictured aboard the Raptor patrol boat before the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg
Earlier this week Putin attended a ceremony of keel-laying of new warships in Crimea and pledged to continue an ambitious program of building new warships, saying that Russia needs a strong navy to defend its interests and ‘help maintain a strategic balance and global stability.’
Traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of July, the Navy Day is a national holiday in the Russian Federation that honours the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialised arms.
Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu were photographed on board a Raptor boat in the Kronstadt roadstead ahead of inspecting warships participating in the military parade.
The Nakhimovets counter sabotage boat takes part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day. The Navy Day is a national holiday in the Russian Federation
Russian servicemen take part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day. The event honours the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialised arms
Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, also attended the event in a traditional navy outfit.
Putin also gave a speech at the event where hundreds of soldiers sailed in small missile ships to celebrate the day.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday: ‘Overall, the festivities will involve about 200 warships of various classes, more than 100 items of combat hardware, up to 80 aircraft and about 15,000 personnel.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St Petersburg, Russia today
The Kalmykia anti-submarine ship (front) takes part in Russian Navy Day celebrations. Russia is commemorating its annual Navy Day with a major military parade in St Petersburg, involving around 200 warships
The crew aboard the Kalmykia anti-submarine ship during Russian Navy Day celebrations on Sunday in the port city of St Petersburg
The Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper (left) and the Dimitrovgrad large missile boat take part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day
Russian Navy landing ship Petr Morgunov takes part in the ‘Russia Navy Day’ parade in St Petersburg, Russia on Sunday, as Putin announces Russia will get more military ships
The Chuvashia missile boat (Project 1241) is pictured in the Kronstadt roadstead ahead of a military parade on Russian Navy Day
Alexander Nosatov (front), commander of the Russian Baltic Fleet, takes part in Russian Navy Day celebrations on Sunday in St Petersburg