Russia marks NAVY Day with a military parade in St. Petersburg, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
The minister said that as many as 54 warships are going to participate in the parade, adding that the warships will be from Russia and several other countries.
Shoigu added that this year’s parade will be the largest of its kind in comparison to Navy Day parades in previous years.
The defense also noted this year’s parade will be the fifth of its kind after the formation of the Russian Federation after the Soviet collapse in 1990 and also will mark the 325th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Navy.
He further pointed out that 54 warships, including frigates from Iran, India and Pakistan, will take part in the parade, with a total of 4,000 military personnel.
Day of the Russian Navy is a national holiday in the Russian Federation and a senior holiday in the Russian Armed Forces. The day honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialized arms. It is celebrated annually, on the last Sunday of July, Wikipedia said on the event.