15 photos of Russia’s ‘unprecedented’ show of force for Navy Day

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A Russian Navy’s minesweeper Kovrovets fires missiles during the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea.
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In celebration of Navy Day, Russia held military parades across the world on Sunday, showing off ships and aircraft in a massive show of force.

The military parades in St. Petersburg, Crimea, and Syria, among other places, were held on an “unprecedented scale,” according to The Drive.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the St. Petersburg parade, where he delivered a speech along a platform on the Neva River.

The St. Petersburg parade included 50 ships and submarines, 40 aircraft, and more than 5,000 sailors, according to CNN.

Here’s what the parade looked like (with video at the end):


A flotilla of Russian warships is seen here sailing near Kronshtadt towards St. Petersburg. The Navy Day parade was started in 1939, according to CNN.

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A Russian warship, followed by two Chinese ships — the guided-missile destroyer Hefei and frigate Yuncheng — are also seen below sailing towards St. Petersburg. China not only held their own parade on Sunday, but also sent two of their ships to the parade in St. Petersburg.

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A parade was also held at Tartus in Syria, although Syrian President Bashar Assad didn’t attend, the New York Times said.
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A Russian minesweeper ship, the Kovrovets, is seen below firing missiles during the parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea.

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A Russian nuclear missile cruiser, Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), and nuclear submarine, Dmitry Donskoy in the background, sail towards St. Petersburg, as people gather to watch.

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Russian sailors are seen here standing in attention on a ship carrying a replica of Peter the Great’s boat. The parade “revives the tradition started by Peter the Great in 1714,” according to the Drive.


A paraglider is seen here flying with a Russian national flag over warships during the parade held in the eastern city of Vladivostok.

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Here is a Russian missile ship, the Chuvashia, and a submarine, the Dmitrov, entering the Neva river in St. Petersburg.


A Russian Navy’s minesweeper below sails on the Neva river during the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg.

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Russian spectators watch fireworks being shot off from Russian warships in Vladivostok.

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A member of the Russian military band performs as fighter jets fly in formation above him during the parade in Kronshtadt, near St. Petersburg.

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Putin, 3rd from the left below, is seen greeting the crew of the Steregushchiy class corvette Stoikiy in St. Petersburg.


Putin is seen here strolling down a quay along the Neva River before delivering his speech.


Putin is seen here chatting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu before he speaks in St. Petersburg.


“Much is being done today for the development and renovation of the navy,” Putin said, according to the NYT. “New ships are being commissioned; the fleet’s combat training and readiness are being perfected.”


The day capped off in St. Petersburg with a large fireworks display.

The video below shows Russian ships displaying their firepower in Crimea: