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The Naval Infantry Day is being celebrated in Russia on Monday
The Naval Infantry Day is being celebrated in Russia on Monday. November 27, 1705, was the date when Peter the Great signed a decree on the formation of “a regiment of naval soldiers”. Their baptism of fire took place during the 1714 victorious Gangut Battle against the Swedish Fleet. The chronicles of the Russian Navy include many heroic feats of naval infantry men, performed during many landing operations and during the defence of Sevastopol and Odessa, Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad, throughout the years the Great Patriotic War against fascist Germany. More than forty naval infantry brigades had fought on the fronts of the Eastern Front. The naval infantrymen, dispatched from the Northern, Baltic and Pacific Fleets of Russia, have contributed in the nineties to the restoration of constitutional law and order in Chechnya. The contemporary naval infantry is an arm of the Russian Navy. Its tasks include landing operations, independent or joint actions with the land forces, defence of the littoral, including naval bases and ports. Itar-Tass was told at the Press Service of the Baltic Fleet that a group of British marines was now visiting the Russian Baltic Fleet in keeping with the Russian Defence Ministry’s plan to promote contacts with the armed forces of foreign countries. The visit of the British marines to the oldest fleet of Russia was timed for the 301st anniversary of Russian naval infantry. Traditional get-togethers with war veterans and military-sport contests will be held on Monday in all the places where Russian naval units and naval infantry are deployed. The Baltic Glory Square will be the holiday centre in the city of Baltiisk. Sailors and veterans will lay flowers at the memorial to the combat glory of local naval infantrymen in Vladivostok.
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