Putin highlights modernization of Russian navy in naval parade
Moscow, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted on Sunday the extensive modernization of the Russian Navy, with the entry of 40 new warships this year, at the opening of the Naval Forces Day parade in St. Petersburg.
For this year, 40 modern combat ships are expected to enter the Navy, many of them with the use of highly sophisticated technology, including supersonic missile launching ramps, Putin said at the beginning of the military review in the northern city of St. Petersburg.
In addition, construction of four more warships began this year at the country's shipyards, said the Russian Head of State, who greeted the ships participating in the military event earlier aboard a light boat.
Prior to this, Putin reviewed ships in the Krondshtadt region in the Gulf of Finland and in the city of St. Petersburg.
Putin, who attended the parade as commander in chief, then gave the go-ahead for the formation of ships from the Black Sea, Baltic, North, Pacific and Caspian Fleets.
As a whole, 46 warships, planes and helicopters, as well as 4,000 uniformed personnel, attended the event.
According to a report by the Defense Ministry, nationwide the military celebration involved 250 ships and submarines, 80 airborne aircraft and over 100 land combat vehicles, as well as 15,000 sailors.
The Russian naval group in the Mediterranean Sea held a parade in the Syrian port of Tartus.
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