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Vladimir Putin shows off Russia’s military might in annual Navy Day celebrations

  • Parades, mock military battles and demonstrations of strength at Navy Day
  • This was Russia’s 320th annual festival celebrating county’s naval might
  • President Putin addressed sailors and said that re-armament will continue 

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Charlie Moore For Mailonline


Published:
17:08 EST, 31 July 2016

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04:06 EST, 1 August 2016

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Parades, mock military battles and huge demonstrations of strength marked Russia’s 320th annual Navy Day.

Hundreds of thousands of patriotic Russians turned out to watch the show of force as President Vladimir Putin greeted soldiers and commanders in St Petersburg.

The Baltic Fleet’s newest ships were proudly paraded as missiles were launched and guns were fired.

And in one mock battle in the Bay of Amur, smoke screens were fired in an awesome display.

In one mock battle in the Bay of Amur, smoke screens were fired in an awesome display

In one mock battle in the Bay of Amur, smoke screens were fired in an awesome display

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front R) is greeted by sailors as he visits the "Cruiser Aurora" Museum during the Navy Day celebrations in St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front R) is greeted by sailors as he visits the “Cruiser Aurora” Museum during the Navy Day celebrations in St. Petersburg, Russia

An anti-submarine warfare ship fires smoke screens during a ship parade in the Bay of Amur on Russian Navy Day

An anti-submarine warfare ship fires smoke screens during a ship parade in the Bay of Amur on Russian Navy Day

In Baltiysk sailors drilled anti-piracy action and showed off their new amphibious landing craft. 

In Sevastopol, over 100,000 residents watched a grand military show which was organized by the Black Sea Fleet. 

They were treated to mock artillery duels, mine-sweeping actions and anti-submarine warfare – and the navy even practiced rescuing resells in distress.  

‘The Navy Day is not only a national holiday, but also an old and glorious tradition,’ the President said to sailors and their families.

He added that the government will continue its massive rearmament programme and will deliver cutting-edge surface ships and submarines 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (3rd R) visit the Russian cruiser Aurora on Russian Navy Day

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (3rd R) visit the Russian cruiser Aurora on Russian Navy Day

The Baltic Fleet’s newest ships were proudly paraded as missiles were launched and guns were fired

The Baltic Fleet’s newest ships were proudly paraded as missiles were launched and guns were fired

Putin (background R) at a parade held to celebrate Navy Day on Senate Square in St. Petersburg

Putin (background R) at a parade held to celebrate Navy Day on Senate Square in St. Petersburg

Putin greeted veterans who were treated to mock artillery duels, mine-sweeping actions and anti-submarine warfare - and the navy even practiced rescuing resells in distress

Putin greeted veterans who were treated to mock artillery duels, mine-sweeping actions and anti-submarine warfare – and the navy even practiced rescuing resells in distress

Navy Day – supposed to be a show of strength, skills, and capabilities – is held every year on the last Sunday of July.

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said: ‘We traditionally honour Navy servicemen and veterans, we congratulate workers of shipbuilding and repairing wharfs and research organisations of the military-industrial complex, all those who are inseparably connected with service at sea.’

Parades were held across Russian ports, with the Pacific, Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets and the Caspian Flotilla all joining in the celebrations. 

Navy Day – supposed to be a show of strength, skills, and capabilities – is held every year on the last Sunday of July

Navy Day – supposed to be a show of strength, skills, and capabilities – is held every year on the last Sunday of July

Parades were held across Russian ports, with the Pacific, Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets and the Caspian Flotilla all joining in the celebrations

Parades were held across Russian ports, with the Pacific, Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets and the Caspian Flotilla all joining in the celebrations

Hundreds of thousands of patriotic Russians turned out to watch the show of force as President Vladimir Putin greeted soldiers and commanders in St Petersburg

Hundreds of thousands of patriotic Russians turned out to watch the show of force as President Vladimir Putin greeted soldiers and commanders in St Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front L) listens to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (front 2nd R) as they walk under the rain during the Navy Day celebrations

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front L) listens to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (front 2nd R) as they walk under the rain during the Navy Day celebrations

Russian servicemen perform a mock fight during celebrations of the annual Navy Day

Russian servicemen perform a mock fight during celebrations of the annual Navy Day

 

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