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On October 18, 2021, at 15:00, the Presidential Library will host the grand opening of the unique exhibition “There will be ships for sea!”: To the 325th anniversary of the founding of the Navy and the 115th anniversary of the founding of the Russian submarine fleet. The event was organized by the Presidential Library in cooperation with the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). At the direction of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, representatives of the Main Command of the Navy, students of naval educational institutions will take part in the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

The exposition in the Presidential Library is timed immediately to two significant dates celebrated in 2021 and associated with the Russian Navy.

On October 20 (30), 1696, by the decree of the Boyar Duma, initiated by Peter I, a regular fleet was officially founded in Russia. The creation of the fleet and the beginning of regular domestic shipbuilding was the first successful state-significant project of the tsar-reformer. He laid the foundation for several shipyards, including the Admiralty and Solombala (now Krasnaya Kuznitsa), two of the oldest enterprises that are part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

For centuries, Russia had the status of a great maritime power: new ship designs were developed, the sailing fleet gave way to the steam and armored fleet. The defeat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) was proof of the urgent need for a serious development of shipbuilding and modernization of the fleet. On March 11 (24), 1906, an order was issued to the Naval Department No. 52 on the inclusion in the classification of navy ships of the category of submarines that have proven their effectiveness in battle. This date is considered the day of foundation of the Russian submarine fleet.

The exhibition in the Presidential Library will demonstrate the continuity of the Russian fleet from the times of Peter the Great to the present day and the modern achievements of shipbuilders of enterprises and organizations of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. For the first time, a single exposition presents materials provided by libraries, museums, archives, as well as enterprises that are part of the largest shipbuilding corporation in Russia.

In the first hall, visitors will see rare editions of the 18th – 20th centuries telling about the first steps of the Russian fleet created by Peter I. Among the book monuments of the 18th century: the first Maritime charter of 1720, books about glorious sea exploits and colorful albums with images of ships of the 19th century.

The exposition of the second hall is dedicated to the history of underwater shipbuilding. Here you can see unique documents from the collection of the Russian State Archives of the Navy, as well as materials and models of submarines provided by museums of world famous shipyards and design bureaus that are part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

The exhibition “Sea Vessels to Be!”: To the 325th anniversary of the founding of the Navy and the 115th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Submarine Fleet ”became one of the winners of the All-Russian competition of projects among libraries for holding events organized by the Russian Military Historical Society, dedicated to significant dates of Russian military history.

The partners of the exhibition are TsKB MT “Rubin”, JSC SPMBM Malakhit, JSC Admiralty Shipyards, JSC Baltiyskiy Zavod, PJSC Proletarsky Zavod, JSC PO Sevmash, Russian State Archive of the Navy, Central Military -Marine Library, Information Historical and Scientific Center – Military Historical Library of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Scientific Library named after M. Gorky of St. Petersburg State University, Museum of the History of Russian Submarine Forces named after A. I. Marinesko, Federation of Ship Modeling Sports of Russia.

The exhibition “There will be ships !: the 325th anniversary of the founding of the Navy and the 115th anniversary of the founding of the Russian submarine fleet” will last until January 23, 2022.

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