MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the Hero City of Sevastopol, for the first time in modern history, a solemn ceremony of raising the St. George’s Naval Flag took place on the large landing ship “Azov” of the Black Sea Fleet.
The event began in the Cathedral of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir – the tomb of admirals with the consecration ceremony of the St. George Naval Flag, led by the dean of the Sevastopol District, Archpriest Sergius.
After the completion of the rite of illumination and the laying of flowers at the graves of the admirals, under the bell ringing, the flag was moved aboard the Azov spacecraft for the solemn ceremony of presenting the ship’s commander and raising the stern Georgievsky Naval Flag.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the main command of the Navy and the command of the Black Sea Fleet, veterans, youth soldiers, invited guests and a delegation from the city of Azov, as well as representatives of the executive and legislative authorities of the city of Sevastopol.
According to clause 12 of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 428 “On the Naval Flag of the Russian Federation”: “In memory of the outstanding exploits of the Russian fleet, the ship, which was named” Azov “(” Memory of Azov “) or” Mercury “(” Memory of Mercury ” ), the St. George naval flag is awarded. “
Since the time of Peter the Great, the Russian navy has included ten ships called “Azov” or “Memory of Azov”. The most famous of them is the battleship Azov, built in 1826, commanded by Captain First Rank Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev, the future commander of the Black Sea Fleet and military governor of Sevastopol. The battleship “Azov” under the command of Captain 1st Rank Mikhail Lazarev in 1827 in the Navarino battle entered into battle with five ships of the Turkish-Egyptian squadron and destroyed them.
For the outstanding feat “Azov” was first awarded the highest collective distinction of the Russian fleet – the St. George flag.
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