The Russian Navy will introduce 26 new ships this year, President Putin said as the country celebrated Navy Day with a show of strength.
“In total in 2018 the navy should get 26 new warships, motor boats and vessels including four warships with Kalibr cruise missiles,” Putin said in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, Interfax news agency reported.
Kalibr missiles fired from Russian ships in the Mediterranean and the Caspian have been used as part of Moscow’s military intervention in the conflict in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian Navy has already taken delivery of eight new ships this year, Putin added.
The commander of the Black Sea fleet, which is based in Crimea’s port of Sevastopol, Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said six new vessels including missile ships would be inducted by the end of the year, Interfax added.
Putin reviewed the annual naval display on the Neva River in Saint Petersburg with 39 warships carrying out manoeuvres.
He told the 4,000 servicemen taking part that the navy “is making a weighty contribution to the fight with international terrorism.”
He added that “Of course we will continue measures aimed at strengthening and developing the navy, boosting equipment.”