The emergence and development of the Russian fleet began under the first Russian Emperor Peter I. Despite such long history, the Naval holiday appeared in the Russian fleet only in the USSR, on June 22, 1939. The tradition to celebrate Navy Day on the last Sunday of July appeared a little later, in 1980. The final status of the state Russian Federation holiday was received in 2006.
Navy personnel from the Baltic, Black Sea, Northern and Pacific fleets and the Caspian Flotilla, as well as various ships and cutters along with a Navy aviation group, took part in the parade-2019.
Before the parade, the President with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov sailed on board the cutter Raptor around combat ships gathered in parade formation in the inner harbor of Kronstadt and greeted the crews.
The parade was kicked off on the Neva River with the participation of the latest Admiral Kasatonov frigate, the Gremyashchiy corvette, the Kronshtadt submarine of project 677, the Mytishchi and the Serpukhov small missile ships and the Ivan Antonov minesweeper.
Then, the celebrations moved on to Kronshtadt, where amphibious Be-200 airplanes, an A-50 long-range radar surveillance aircraft, as well as Su-30SM fighter jets flew over the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland.
The Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg involved more than 4,000 personnel, 43 warships and submarines as well as 41 aircraft. China’s destroyer Xian and India’s frigate Tarkash participated in the naval parade in St. Petersburg for the first time.
Thousands of residents of St. Petersburg, city guests from all over Russia and tourists from cruise ships, gathered on the embankments of the Neva River.
Other naval parades have been held at Baltiysk, Sevastopol, Severomorsk and Astrakhan, as well as in the Syrian port of Tartus.
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