More than 250 vessels, about 80 aircraft, some 100 military vehicles and other hardware and about 15,000 servicemen will take part in military parades to be held in Russia on July 26, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported on 22nd July.
According to infographics by Krasnaya Zvezda, Russia’s Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg and Kronshtadt will be held on July 26 and will involve 46 vessels (including warships, boats and submarines), as well as 41 aircraft of the naval aviation and more than 4,000 personnel. The number of spectators will be limited due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, in line with the Russian sanitary watchdog’s requirements.
President of Russia, Vladimr Putin, gives importance of this event because he wants to realize the “Blue Water Navy” dream of the legendary Russian Admiral Sergei Gorshkov. “Russia has one of the world’s longest coastlines and access to three oceans. We will continue to focus on creating a modern, combat-ready Navy, building ships fitted out with advanced weapons and equipment.” President Putin said at the keel laying ceremoyn of Project 23900 LHD yesterday.
“Russia has one of the world’s longest coastlines and access to three oceans, so we will continue to focus on a modern and combat-ready Navy, and to build ships fitted out with advanced weapons and equipment. I would like to note that the Navy has received over 200 ships, motorboats and vessels of various classes over the past eight years. It is important to continue to consistently implement the State Armament Program to make sure that the share of modern ships in the Navy exceeds 70 percent by 2027.” Putin added.
The naval parade will also take place at the main naval bases of the Russian Fleets and the Caspian Flotilla in Baltiysk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kaspiisk, Severomorsk and Sevastopol, as well as in the Syrian port of Tartus.