For the first time in the country's history St. Petersburg hosted a large scale naval parade. It was observed by the commander-in-chief – the president of Russia Vladimir Putin
The helicopter of the head of state landed at Zayachiy island. The commander of the Navy Forces of Russia Vladimir Korolev met the president.
After that the president went aboard the boat which took him to a "Urengoi" destroyer. That's where a cannon shot mark the beginning of the first large-scale naval parade in the history of St. Petersburg. The commander in chief inspected the ships participating in the parade on board the boat. Those included a missile boat "Stoikiy" and "Admiral Makarov" frigate. Vladimir Putin congratulated the crews with the Navy day
After the inspection, the boat of the president docked in at Sennaya square. The festive ceremony was attended by Governor Georgiy Poltavchenko, members of the city's administration, officers of the Russian Naval Forces, sailors from other countries and veterans of the Navy. The flag of the legendary ship "Azov" - the hero of the Gangut battle victory, which is considered to be the birth of the Russian navy - went up on the top of Admiralty's spire.
Valdimir Putin addressed those present, thanking those serving in the Russian navy for their readiness and ability to solve difficult tasks, for their service and loyalty
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia: "For centuries, courage and resilience of the Russian sailors have been tested in battles. Their skills have been mastered both in-land and out in the seas. As Admiral Nakhimov used to say, a sailor does not have a difficult or an easy path, he has only one – that of glory. And today everyone serving on and under water, naval aviation and those on the shores abide by these principles. Today, our Navy not only solves traditional tasks, but also responds to new challenges, contributes to fighting terrorism and piracy. Children and grandchildren of today's sailors will be proud of them. I'm sure of that. Because their excellent skills, reaction, discipline are not only proved in the training field, but in the battlefield as well".
After that boats and ships of four fleets entered Neva. Those were accompanied by naval aviation, including on-deck destroyers, bombers and military helicopters. The military exhibition was culminated by artillery fireworks from the bastions of the Petropavlovskaya Fortress.
Evgeniy Solovyev, reporter: "The 2017 naval parade is also marking new traditions. The fires above Rostral columns, the flag of "Azov" ship over admiralty, four bridges drawn above the Neva in daylight. But the main gift to sailors and thousands of spectators was presented, certainly, by the weather".
Even according to modest estimations, the parade was observed by more than 100,000 people at the embankment alone. And at 10:30 PM all residents of the Northern Capital are in for the festive fireworks.