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Russian Navy Day celebrations overshadowed by Putin’s new naval policy

02 August 2017

Usually held in Northern Fleet, Russia’s annual Navy Day parade on 30 July was staged this year for the first time in the Baltic Sea.

More than 50 surface vessels and submarines, in addition to 40 aircraft, took part in the event, which was held at Kronshtadt naval base in St Petersburg, reviewed by President Vladimir Putin.

Overshadowing the mammoth celebrations, however, was Putin’s landmark presidential decree 'Principles of state policy for naval activities until 2030', signed on 20 July.

The 19-page edict defines Russia’s responses to what it specifies as the principal threat to its national security: the United States and its allies’ aim to dominate the world’s oceans, including the Arctic, through overwhelming naval superiority.

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