325 years after the creation of the Russian Navy, President Vladimir Putin demonstrated the strength of his naval power at a military parade in Saint Petersburg on Sunday. He stressed that the Russian Navy is capable of “delivering an inevitable blow to any enemy under water, whether in the water or in the air.”
Putin said the Russian Navy has rapidly developed powerful destroyers, nuclear-powered missile submarines, effective air power and hypersonic weapons around the world. “The Russian Navy today has everything it needs to ensure the protection of our country and our national interests,” the president said.
325 years after Peter the Great established the Imperial Navy, Putin conducted a survey of troops at a naval base in Saint Petersburg. The Kremlin said that more than fifty warships, including those from India, Iran and Pakistan, about fifty aircraft and about 4,000 soldiers, appeared in the president’s hometown.
Celebrations were also held in other Russian naval strongholds on Sunday. This was the case, for example, at the base of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol in the Crimea, in Tartus, Syria, on the Mediterranean, and in Vladivostok, the base of the Pacific Fleet. After Canada, Indonesia and Greenland, Russia has the longest coastline in the world.