Navy Day celebrations were established in Russia (then the Soviet Union) in 1939; they were discontinued in 1980 but reinstated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2003. They take place on the last Sunday in July.
Sputnik brings you a live broadcast from St. Petersburg, Russia, where the country’s President Vladimir Putin takes part in the Navy Day Parade.
Putin is expected to deliver a speech at the parade which will feature more than 40 warships and submarines on the Neva River. The program of the event also includes an aerial component, with 42 planes and helicopters, including the Be-200 Altair amphibious plane which should carry out demonstration flights.
Earlier on Sunday, Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol, Russia were called off after a Ukrainian drone attacked the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the city, injuring six headquarters personnel. .
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