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Navy Day in St. Petersburg. How it happened


St. Petersburg. Its hard to imagine a more striking venue for the parade which would be seen by the whole world. It was impossible to conceive or build – like VIP stands by the Bronze Horseman statue. It could have only been created – at the swamps of Neva, over three hundred years since the times of the carpenter-Tsar. And this setting immediately generated the proper context. Which everyone saw in one’s own way – considering the present state of relations between Russia and the West.


The scale of the parade was indeed impressive. 5 thousand participants, 4 navies of the country – including the Caspian Fleet. As a reminder of how the positions of the Islamic State in Syria were hit with “caliber” missiles from the Caspian Sea.

The context of the Russian Empire was visible in every frame. Here is the flag of the “Azov” ship carried in – the legend of the Crimean War. As a hint that “Crimea belongs to us” was an accurate phrase 200 years ago. And here are the walls of the Admiralty, where Russia’s first navy ships were built by Peter the Great. And even VIP stands were located by the pointing hand of the Bronze Horseman monument. Its hard to be mistaken about the messages embedded into these symbols. All those are clear enough for the country which is surrounded by three oceans and has 15 seas.

The immaculate quality of TV broadcasts contributed to the overall impression of the parade. Even occasional anchor blunders were not visible thanks to it. The footage, as TV people say, was “hitting the eye”. Everything was precise, accurate and impressive – just like everything in the Navy is. On the ground, in the air and in the water. The Russian Navy has never been seen like that in the 21st century. Finally, the waters of Neva were used in their primary designation – as Peter the Great envisioned it, when he stood here on the shores of “stray waves”. And then, after the pompous official ceremonies, when the concert at the Dvortsovaya Square kicked off, we could still hear the messages which this large-scale and impressive parade in the Naval capital of Russia was meant to deliver.