St. Petersburg and Kronstadt host final rehearsal of Main Naval Parade supervised by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief
A combined rehearsal of the Main Naval Parade took place in St. Petersburg and Kronstadt and was led by Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. The event was the first within the whole Parade preparation, when the sea, air and land components jointly train # during one day in a single scenario.
The rehearsal was attended by Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov, the Commander of the Western Military District, and Aleksandr Govorunov, Vice Governor of St. Petersburg. The rehearsal was supervised by Colonel General Yury Sadovenko, the RF Deputy Defence Minister.
The combined rehearsal started at 11.00 a.m. local time by reviewing the ship line-up on the Neva River from the boat with the Navy CINC Admiral Vladimir Korolyov. Then, the lines of warships were sailing on the Neva section between the Blagoveshchensky and Troitsky bridges and in the water area of the Kronstadt harbour along the southern wall of the Kronstadt port.
After practising the Main Naval Parade’s maritime components, the Naval Aviation performed flypast in the skies over the Neva River and the Kronstadt harbour.
In total, over 40 various-type ships and boats of the Russian Navy, 38 aircraft of the Naval Aviation, and more than 4,000 servicemen took part in the combined training.
About 20 modern naval ships and boats took part in the rehearsal, including the frigate Admiral Makarov, corvette Sobrazitelny and Boyky, mine sweeper Aleksandr Obukhov, small missile ships Uragan and Serpukhov, counter-sabotage boat Gatchonok, Raptor-type patrol boats.
The general rehearsal on 26 July will be the next event to inspect ships, boats, submarines and aircraft involved in the parade.
Previously, the parade line ships of the Main Naval Parade entered the Neva water area and moored at the harbour to participate in the static demonstration. Among them there is the newest frigate Admiral Makarov from the Black Sea Fleet and corvette Sobrazitelny from the Baltic Fleet, diesel-electric submarine Dmitrov, major amphibious ship Minsk moored at the harbour.
The large-displacement Northern Fleet’s missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov and nuclear-powered submarine cruiser Oryol are moored at the Kronstadt roadstead.