Navy sailors ready to meet toughest challenges - Putin
ST. PETERSBURG. July 29 (Interfax) - Russia is proud of the strength and beauty of its Navy capable of addressing most difficult challenges, President Vladimir Putin said during the main Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
"We are proud of the strength and beauty of our home navy, we have a special attitude towards our military sailors because service at sea is something only for the brave and the resilient who know the price of honed skills, tough discipline, togetherness, and nobleness," Putin said.
"These qualities, in combination with modern expertise and the impeccable possession of advanced military hardware, enable military sailors to tackle the toughest challenges," Putin said.
He thanked sailors for "holding high the title of the fearless and indestructible Russian Navy."
He recalled the Navy's dazzling victories, stressing that, "for over three centuries now our Navy have been affirming the status of Russia as a naval superpower capable of unyieldingly protecting the national interests."
"The current generation are trying to measure up to these glorious traditions. On the Navy Day, our sense particularly acutely the might of the sacred naval brotherhood, which unites all bases and formations of the Baltic, Northern, Pacific and Black Sea Fleets and of the Caspian flotilla," Putin said.