World War 3 fears: Russia flexes military muscles in terrifying threat to West
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The annual ceremony marks the country’s Navy Day and this year, President Vladimir Putin vowed to add 40 new warships to the Russian Navy this year. The parade took place in St Petersburg.
Featuring 200 warships and more than 40,000 troops, the parade is aimed at demonstrating the growing power of the Navy, Mr Putin said.
He added 40 more ships of different classes will be entering service this year and they will all be equipped with hypersonic weapons boosting their combat capabilities.
He said: “The widespread deployment of advanced Digital technologies that have no equals in the world, including hypersonic strike systems and underwater drones, will give the fleet unique advantages and increased combat capabilities.”
Opening the parade, Mr Putin said six more vessels for the far-sea zone were laid down at Russia’s three leading shipyards over the past few days.
According to reports, the Kremlin has prioritised military modernisation following growing tensions with the West.
Earlier this week, Mr Putin pledged to continue an ambitious program of building new warships.
He claimed Russia needs a strong navy to “help maintain a strategic balance and global stability”.
The president met with Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ahead of inspecting the warships for Navy Day.
Mr Shoigu said this weekend: “Overall, the festivities will involve about 200 warships of various classes, more than 100 items of combat hardware, up to 80 aircraft and about 15,000 personnel.”
Earlier this week, tensions between the UK and Moscow escalated after a Russian submarine surfaced near Britain.
The Russian submarine was reportedly conducting a surfaced transit from the Eastern Mediterranean alongside its ocean-going tug Sergey Balk and passed through waters close to the UK.
The Royal Navy rushed out to intercept the war submarine after they were made aware of it by a French light frigate.
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Lieutenant Justin Shirtcliff, HMS Tyne’s Operations Officer, said: “Tyne responded in a coordinated effort with allies to shadow the Russian submarine and her escort while transiting the English Channel.
“This routine undertaking is an enduring task for the Royal Navy, in which Tyne and her sister ships of the Royal Navy’s Overseas Patrol Squadron play a key role.”
HMS Mersey’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Will Edwards-Bannon added: “It has been impressive to see, first-hand, the seamless coordination between allied ships and aircraft from various nations involved in this operation.
“I am very proud of the disciplined way in which my ship’s company has responded to the challenge of maintaining our readiness for operations through the challenges of COVID-19 which, along with the support we receive from our families, has enabled Mersey to once again successfully play our part in protecting our nation’s interests.”
This attack came just a day after the Russian report was released by the Investigation and Security Committee (ISC).
The report investigated allegations Russia had interfered with UK elections and referendums was released.
Although the report ruled out Moscow influenced the Brexit referendum, it attacked the government for failing to see the threat.
Just days before, a Russian group attacked databases to steal vital research to combat against COVID-19.
The attacks are thought to be part of a drive by Mr Putin’s spies to make sure Russia becomes the first to develop a vaccine.
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