Russian President Vladimir Putin, second left, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, arrive to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 26, 2020.
(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said the Russian navy will get 40 new ships and vessels this year, as he attended a naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday marking the Navy Day in Russia.
The parade in St. Petersburg and the nearby town of Kronshtadt featured 46 ships and vessels and over 4,000 troops and aimed to demonstrate the growing power of our navy, Putin said Friday.
He said 40 ships and vessels of different classes will enter service this year, and that the Russian navy will be equipped with hypersonic weapons to boost its combat capabilities.
Opening the parade, he said that six more vessels for the far-sea zone were laid down at Russia's three leading shipyards in the past few days.