The sun drops down. It is getting dark.
The room becomes dark also, and only the screen of the laptop faintly illuminates the dark corners of the room.
The dark smooth surface of the river is visible through the window, children's voices sound on the playground, and I listen to all these sounds which do not distract me, but they only help me to think about the article, which I am writing now. It is about the holiday, devoted to the Russian Navy.
It was celebrated, July 27-28.
Russian Tsar Peter The Great was one of the founders of the Navy.
He had realized that the state could not make a new step in its development without a navy.
Therefore, shipyards were built in all the country for the construction of the ships of different classes.
Today the Navy is intended for the armed protection of interests of Russia.
It is a holiday not only for military seamen, but also for all Russian people.
This day, people can watch the warships, but even visit them.
The Navy includes five fleets, now.
Outside the window it is already dark.
Children's voices do not sound already.
The light of the moon, which appeared on the sky, is reflected in the river, turning into the moon path.
More than half of summer has gone, it is getting dark early.
But in the same time, the sun rises on the other side of Russia in Vladivostok. The sky become pink from the first rays of the sun.
The residents of Vladivostok are the first people, which celebrate the all holidays in our country.
The holiday of Navy had begun in Vladivostok.
The parade of the ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet was held in the Amur Bay. The cruiser "Varyag" was a leader of the ships of the Fleet.
Have you ever heard the words of a song "Varyag"?
Some words of the song:
"Our proud "Varyag" refuses to surrender to the enemy. Nobody begs for mercy."
This song is about another ship.
The song was devoted to the feat of the Russian cruiser “ Varyag” and the gunboat “Koreets”.
The "Varyag" and the "Koreets" had accepted a unequal battle with the Japanese squadron of the Admiral Uriu against five cruisers and eight destroyers under the command of the Captain of the First Rank Vsevolod Rudnev at the Battle of Chemulpo February 9, 1904 during Russo-Japanese War.
The ship was damaged.
The crew decided not to surrender and to sink the ship.
The crew was rescued by means of the British cruiser "Talbot", the French cruiser "Pascal", and the Italian cruiser" Elba".
Vsevolod Rudnev had gotten the award of Japan for the courage. He had acted as a real Samurai in the opinion of the Japanese.
The Varyag was later salvaged by the Japanese.
Russia bought back the ship in 1916.
The cruiser sank in 1925.
And now the another cruiser with the same name “Varyag” is included in the staff of the Russian Navy.
But the parades of warships were held also in the other maritime cities, where the ships of the fleets are located.
In all cities the holiday began with the laying of wreaths to the monuments that were built in honor of military sailors who glorified the Native land by their courage.
St. Petersburg is the maritime capital of Russia.
The Russian Baltic Fleet is located there.
The parade of warships was begun near the cruiser " Aurora".
Eleven warships took part in the parade.
The city Severomorsk is the base for the Northern Fleet.
The cruiser «Admiral Kuznetsov» was a flagship of the Northern Fleet on the parade.
The fleets of Russia and the Ukraine took part in the parade in Sevastopol in which the Russian Black Sea Fleet is located.
Everyone could visit warships in the Sea Port of Sevastopol.
Exhibitions of arms and the military equipment of coastal forces were held there.
Two seagoing tugboats of the Caspian Flotilla were the headliners of the parade in the city Astrakhan.
They performed the 360-degree turns under the sounds of a waltz, it seemed that they were dancing on the water.
The artillery cannonade was held in the end of the naval holiday.
Russian Tsar Peter The Great established the custom to shoot from cannons after creation of the new ship.
The ships have a soul and the character. Each seaman knows this.
The captain of the Third Rank A. Kavun wrote in his blog:
The glory, the respect and the immortality are necessary for ships, also just like for people.
Sources and photos: S.Chernov, periscop.livejournal.com, http://vk.com/event36632169,
M.Brovkina, primamedia.ru, varyag-rock.narod.ru, ru.wikipedia.org