Three hundred twenty-five years after the creation of the Russian Navy, President Vladimir Putin showed the clout of his naval force at a parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday. In 2021, the Russian Navy will be able ‘to detect any enemy underwater, on the water or in the air and deal an inescapable blow,’ Putin assured.
Putin said that Russia’s naval forces have quickly developed powerful destroyers, nuclear-powered submarines with missiles, an effective air force, and now unique supersonic weapons worldwide. “Russia’s naval forces today have everything they need to ensure the protection of our country and our national interests,” the president said.
Three hundred twenty-five years after Peter the Great founded the Imperial Navy, Putin conducted a troop survey at a naval base in St. Petersburg.
More than 50 warships, including ships from India, Iran, and Pakistan, about 50 planes, and some 4,000 soldiers made an appearance in the president’s home city, the Kremlin said.
Festivities also took place in other Russian naval strongholds on Sunday. This was the case, for example, at the Black Sea Fleet base 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.