May 13 — 240 years since the founding of the Black Sea Fleet. Sailors are congratulated by the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet
Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov congratulated the personnel and veterans of the fleet on the 240th anniversary of the founding of the Black Sea Fleet.
Here is the text of congratulations.
Comrade servicemen and veterans of the fleet, dear workers and employees of formations, units, naval enterprises and organizations!
Since the time of Catherine the Great, the history of the creation, development and activity of our fleet is full of bright pages inscribed by Black Sea sailors in the military, political, scientific and cultural life of Russia. On the southern sea frontiers in campaigns and battles, a national school of naval art was formed, new types of weapons were created. Sailors founded cities, built shipyards and ships, explored and developed new lands, made scientific discoveries, implemented the achievements of science, technology and medicine, and practiced various arts.
From the first days of its existence, the fleet distinguished itself with victories near the island of Fidonisi, in the Kerch, Tendra and Kaliakrinsky sea battles, successful Mediterranean expeditions, the heroic defense of Sevastopol during the Crimean War and participation in the First World War.
The greatness of spirit, fortitude, courage and heroism of the Black Sea people manifested themselves with special force during the Great Patriotic War. Together with the soldiers of the Red Army, they heroically defended the Black Sea and Crimea, the Sea of u200bu200bAzov and the Caucasus, liberated Novorossiysk, Kerch, Sevastopol, Odessa, which, thanks to the courage and heroism of their defenders and liberators, became hero cities.
In the post-war period, the Black Sea Fleet successfully resisted the aggressive policy of the North Atlantic Alliance in the Mediterranean region, and was a reliable outpost of the country in the Cold War.
The Russian navy in the Black Sea has a great glorious history that we sacredly keep, on the examples of which we educate young soldiers who learn the basics of naval service. But it is impossible to live only in the past, therefore, modern Black Sea sailors write new heroic pages in the biography of the fleet.
Equaling to the exploits and glory of the older generations, the personnel of the fleet with honor and dignity, showing courage and heroism, successfully carry out combat missions during a special military operation in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the operation, more than 3,200 Black Sea residents have been awarded state awards and insignia of the Russian Ministry of Defense, including three Heroes of Russia. The Chernomorians in battles and special actions prove that they are worthy heirs of the military glory of the generation of winners in the Great Patriotic War, continuers of their mission to eradicate Nazism.
On May 13, our large naval family celebrates its anniversary, on which we address special congratulations to our veterans, military personnel and civilian personnel of the fleet. Good health to you, happiness and prosperity, kindness and good luck, inexhaustible energy and good spirits, further success in service and work for the glory of Russia and its Black Sea Fleet.
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