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Russian navy marks 325th anniversary, with Iranian ships taking part in main parade

Iranian frigate 'Sahand' of the Southern Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy takes part in the military parade during celebrations for Navy Day, in Kronshtadt outside St.Petersburg, Russia, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo)
Iranian frigate 'Sahand' of the Southern Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy takes part in the military parade during celebrations for Navy Day, in Kronshtadt outside St.Petersburg, Russia, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW — Russia marks the 325th anniversary of the founding of its navy with ship parades at major ports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the main parade of more than 50 vessels in St. Petersburg, which includes ships from the navies of Iran, Pakistan, and India.

The Iranian frigate Sahand, which sailed down the Neva River in the parade, and the sea-based vessel Makran have attracted attention from naval observers, due to their unusually long voyages to Russia.

Parades also take place in the Russian naval bases of Severomorsk, Caspiisk, Baltiisk, Sevastopol, Vladivostok, and at the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria.

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