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article imageRussian navy in show of strength with 26 new ships this year

By AFP     Jul 29, 2018 in World

Russia's navy will deploy a total of 26 new ships this year including four carrying Kalibr cruise missiles, President Vladimir Putin said Sunday as the country celebrated Navy Day with a show of strength.

"In total in 2018 the navy should get 26 new warships, motor boats and vessels including four warships with Kalibr cruise missiles," Putin said in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, Interfax news agency reported.

Kalibr missiles fired from Russian ships in the Mediterranean and the Caspian have been used as part of Moscow's military intervention in the conflict in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu watch the Navy Day parade in Sai...
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu watch the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV, AFP

The navy has already this year taken in eight new ships, Putin added.

The commander of the Black Sea fleet, which is based in Crimea's port of Sevastopol, Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said six new vessels including missile ships would be inducted by the end of the year, Interfax added.

Putin reviewed a spectacular annual naval display on the Neva River in Saint Petersburg with 39 warships carrying out manoeuvres.

He told the 4,000 servicemen taking part that the navy "is making a weighty contribution to the fight with international terrorism.

Spectators watch  nuclear submarine "Orel" during the Navy Day parade at Kronshtadt near S...
Spectators watch nuclear submarine "Orel" during the Navy Day parade at Kronshtadt near Saint Petersburg on July 29, 2018
OLGA MALTSEVA, AFP

"Of course we will continue measures aimed at strengthening and developing the navy, boosting equipment," Putin said.

The Navy Day celebrations also included a parade in Russia's Syrian base of Tartus in the Mediterranean for the second time, involving five ships and the Kolpino diesel submarine, the defence ministry said on Facebook.

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