Russia should retain status of great maritime power - Putin

Russia has proved itself as a great maritime power; the country's navy successfully guarantees its defense capability, President Vladimir Putin has said.

Russia has proved itself as a great maritime power; the country's navy successfully guarantees its defense capability, President Vladimir Putin has said.

"Our fatherland has proved itself as a great maritime power thanks to the courage of its seamen, the talent of its shipbuilders, the daring of its famous explorers, trailblazers and naval leaders. For us this status is a great responsibility to history, to our ancestors who built the maritime glory of Russia and, of course, to future generations to which we should leave a modern and powerful navy," he said addressing the Baltic Fleet on July 26 on the occasion of Navy Day.

"The navy successfully guarantees the defense capability of the country, protects its national interests. This includes the Baltic Fleet that successfully fulfills tasks not only in our native Baltic Sea but also in other parts of the oceans, shows the colors with honor," the president stressed.

The Supreme Commander-in-Chief stressed that much has been done in recent years for strengthening the navy. "New warships and service ships are being commissioned. Strategic submarines are launched. Naval aviation, coastal troops and key naval bases are being updated," Putin said.

He stressed that Navy Day is one of the most favorite public holidays. "Our Navy, its tremendous merits to the Fatherland are esteemed and respected everywhere. It is rightfully regarded as the pride of Russia," he said.

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