The commander of the Russian fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, said in a message released by the military entity on the occasion of the celebration of the Russian Navy Day next Sunday, that they also established control over the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
The ships and aviation of the fleet destroy critical facilities of the enemy with long-range precision strikes and support offensive actions of ground troops,” the military chief said.
On the occasion of the Navy Day, Osipov reaffirmed that “no one doubts the importance for Russia of having a modern, powerful and combat-ready Navy”. The admiral recalled that more than 54,000 servicemen of the Black Sea Fleet were awarded orders and medals for their heroism during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), 10 surface ships and submarines were awarded the title of Guardians, and many units and ships received state awards.
He also recalled that in the post-war period, this unit successfully countered the aggressive policy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the Mediterranean Sea region and was a reliable outpost of the country in the Cold War.
Russian Navy Day was originally adopted by a resolution of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union and the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) on June 22, 1939 as the Day of the Navy of the Soviet Union, it was celebrated annually on July 24. Since 1980, it has been celebrated on the last Sunday in July.