Monday, August 1, 2016

Russia Celebrates Navy Day

Sputnik: Russian Navy Day: 320 Years of Marine Glory (VIDEO)

Dozens of warships, submarines, aircraft, troops and amphibious vehicles were deployed in ports cities across Russia as the country marks its Navy Day on Sunday.

The celebrations to commemorate Russian naval victories are traditionally held on the last Sunday of July, with parades of the Pacific, Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets as well as the Caspian Flotilla.

The creation of the regular Russian Navy dates back to the reign of Peter the Great. During the Second Azov Campaign against Turkey in 1696, Russia used 2 warships, 4 fireships, 23 galleys and 1,300 longboats built at river shipyard in Voronezh. After the seizure of the Azov fortress the Boyar Duma issued a decree on commencing the construction of the navy on October 20, 1696.

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