Alexander Mladenov and Andrey Zinchuk look at the most interesting participants in the largest-ever military parade staged by Russian Naval Aviation over St Petersburg, the country’s naval capital
This year’s Russian Navy day, traditionally held on the last Sunday of July, was celebrated with a lavish sea and air parade in St Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, known as the birthplace of the Russian Navy. The parade’s air component staged on July 30, under the patronage of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saw the participation of almost all aircraft types in the naval aviation inventory. Aircraft were gathered from many different units of the Baltic, Black Sea, Pacific and Northern fleets as well as the 859th Combat Training and Aircrew Conversion Centre at Yeisk. The majority of fixed-wing aircraft gathered at two principal bases, Kipelovo and Gromovo (the Su-30SMs operated from Besovets), while the helicopters and small fixed-wing transports operated from Pushkin airfield.