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Russia is using the ‘growing power’ of its navy with a massive parade of 200 warships in Saint Petersburg

President Vladimir Putin said the Russian Navy will get 40 new ships this year, as he attended a naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday to mark the country’s naval day.

The parade in the port city and the nearby city of Kronshtadt included 200 ships and ships and more than 4,000 troops, and was intended to “demonstrate the growing strength of our navy,” Putin said Friday.

He said that 40 ships of different classes will enter service this year and that the Russian Navy will be equipped with hypersonic weapons to enhance its combat capabilities.

He opened the parade and said that in the past few days, “six more ships for the far sea zone have been deposited in Russia’s three largest shipyards.”

The Kremlin has made military modernization its top priority amid tensions with the West that followed the 2014 annexation of Crimea in Moscow.

Similar parades on the occasion of Russian Navy Day on Sunday took place in the cities of the Far East, Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Sevastopol in the annexed Crimea, the seaport cities of Severomorsk and Baltiysk, Kaspirsk in southern Russia and the port city of Tartus in Syria .

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov (left), Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) inspect warships in Kronstadt Roadside aboard a Raptor boat ahead of a military parade on Russian Navy Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov (left), Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) inspect warships in Kronstadt Roadside aboard a Raptor boat ahead of a military parade on Russian Navy Day

Russian military personnel march during a military parade on the Russian Navy Day. The event is traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of July

Russian military personnel march during a military parade on the Russian Navy Day. The event is traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of July

Russian military personnel march during a military parade on the Russian Navy Day. The event is traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of July

Russian warships sail during the Navy Day parade in Kronstadt near Saint Petersburg, Russia, today as part of the celebration of the day

Russian warships sail during the Navy Day parade in Kronstadt near Saint Petersburg, Russia, today as part of the celebration of the day

Russian warships sail during the Navy Day parade in Kronstadt near Saint Petersburg, Russia, today as part of the celebration of the day

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today to attend the military parade during the celebration of Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today to attend the military parade during the celebration of Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today to attend the military parade during the celebration of Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia

Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Western Military District of Russian Armed Forces Alexander Zhuravlyov are depicted aboard the Raptor patrol boat for the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg

Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Western Military District of Russian Armed Forces Alexander Zhuravlyov are depicted aboard the Raptor patrol boat for the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg

Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Western Military District of Russian Armed Forces Alexander Zhuravlyov are depicted aboard the Raptor patrol boat for the Navy Day parade in Saint Petersburg

Earlier this week, Putin attended a ceremony to lay down new warships in Crimea and pledged to pursue an ambitious new warship building program, saying that Russia needs a strong navy to defend its interests and ” help maintain strategic balance and global stability. ‘

Traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of July, Navy Day is a national holiday in the Russian Federation that honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialized weapons.

Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu were photographed aboard a Raptor boat in Kronstadt’s roadstead before inspecting warships participating in the military parade.

Putin did not specify when Russia would receive new hypersonic weapons, but suggested that the day come closer.

“The widespread deployment of advanced digital technologies that have no equal in the world, including hypersonic attack systems and underwater drones, will provide the fleet with unique benefits and improved combat capabilities,” said Putin.

The Nakhimovets counter sabotage boat takes part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day. Navy Day is a national holiday in the Russian Federation

The Nakhimovets counter sabotage boat takes part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day. Navy Day is a national holiday in the Russian Federation

The Nakhimovets counter sabotage boat takes part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day. Navy Day is a national holiday in the Russian Federation

Russian soldiers participate in a military parade on the Russian Navy Day. The event honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialized weapons

Russian soldiers participate in a military parade on the Russian Navy Day. The event honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialized weapons

Russian soldiers participate in a military parade on the Russian Navy Day. The event honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialized weapons

In a separate statement released through Russian news agencies, the Department of Defense said that testing of the Belgorod, the first submarine to carry the Poseidon drones, was underway and testing of the weapon systems was nearly complete.

“Work is successfully completed to create modern naval weapon systems,” it was quoted as saying.

Last year, Putin threatened to deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines that could be hiding outside US territorial waters if the United States deployed medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe.

Washington has not deployed such missiles in Europe, but Moscow fears it can.

Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, commander in chief of the Russian Navy, also attended the event in a traditional navy outfit.

Putin also gave a speech at the event where hundreds of soldiers sailed in small rocket ships to celebrate the day.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday, “Overall, the festivities will consist of approximately 200 warships of various classes, more than 100 combat hardware items, up to 80 aircraft and approximately 15,000 personnel.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today to attend the military parade during the celebration of Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today to attend the military parade during the celebration of Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today to attend the military parade during the celebration of Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Kalmykia submarine ship (front) takes part in the celebration of Russian Navy Day. Russia commemorates its annual naval day with a major military parade in St Petersburg featuring approximately 200 warships

The Kalmykia submarine ship (front) takes part in the celebration of Russian Navy Day. Russia commemorates its annual naval day with a major military parade in St Petersburg featuring approximately 200 warships

The Kalmykia submarine ship (front) takes part in the celebration of Russian Navy Day. Russia commemorates its annual naval day with a major military parade in St Petersburg featuring approximately 200 warships

The crew on board the Kalmykia submarine ship during the celebration of Russian Navy Day on Sunday in the port city of Saint Petersburg

The crew on board the Kalmykia submarine ship during the celebration of Russian Navy Day on Sunday in the port city of Saint Petersburg

The crew on board the Kalmykia submarine ship during the celebration of Russian Navy Day on Sunday in the port city of Saint Petersburg

The Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper (left) and the Dimitrovgrad large missile boat take part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day

The Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper (left) and the Dimitrovgrad large missile boat take part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day

The Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper (left) and the Dimitrovgrad large missile boat take part in a military parade on Russian Navy Day

Russian Navy Petr Morgunov's landing ship takes part in the 'Russia Navy Day' parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Sunday, as Putin announces that Russia will get more military ships

Russian Navy Petr Morgunov's landing ship takes part in the 'Russia Navy Day' parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Sunday, as Putin announces that Russia will get more military ships

Russian Navy Petr Morgunov’s landing ship takes part in the ‘Russia Navy Day’ parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Sunday, as Putin announces that Russia will get more military ships

The Chuvashia Missile Boat (Project 1241) is depicted on the roadstead of Kronstadt prior to a military parade on Russian Navy Day

The Chuvashia Missile Boat (Project 1241) is depicted on the roadstead of Kronstadt prior to a military parade on Russian Navy Day

The Chuvashia Missile Boat (Project 1241) is depicted on the roadstead of Kronstadt prior to a military parade on Russian Navy Day

Alexander Nosatov (front), commander of the Russian Baltic fleet, takes part in the celebration of Russian Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on Sunday

Alexander Nosatov (front), commander of the Russian Baltic fleet, takes part in the celebration of Russian Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on Sunday

Alexander Nosatov (front), commander of the Russian Baltic fleet, takes part in the celebration of Russian Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on Sunday

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