Over 12,000 people attended Romanian Naval Forces' performance on Romanian Navy Day in Constanta

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Over 12,000 persons were present on Tuesday at the esplanade of the Fleet Command and the Tomis Harbor in Constanta, in order to attend the exercise performed by the Romanian Naval Forces, with the participation of 30 ships and boats, 12 aircraft and 3,000 servicemen, on the occasion of celebrating the Romanian Navy Day.

The celebration started with the greeting of President Klaus Iohannis by the honor guard with 21-gun salute, simultaneous with the national anthem of Romania being played and the tricolour flag being hoist to the mast.

Chief of Romania's Navy Staff (SMFN) Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, pointed out in his opening speech the interest of the people attending the festivities at the Fleet Command.

"Your participation represents for us the guarantee of trust and appreciation, an essential moral support in our continuous effort to achieve new horizons of performance in the struggle with the waves of life," Vice Admiral Mirsu pointed out in his opening speech.

He mentioned that the Romanian Navy Day was established 115 years ago, with the organization, on August 15, of a Te-Deum on board of the Elisabeta Cruiser, in the Constanta Harbor.

"Having in mind the results of our efforts and relying on the assessments of our collaborators in the country and abroad, we believe that sailors, military and civilians, port workers and shipbuilders have observed their coat of arms and will continue to do so. In the current naval security context of the Black Sea area, Romania has the special responsibility to defend not only the state border, but also a significant part of the eastern borders of the European Union and the North-Atlantic Alliance. The Romanian Naval Forces have an essential role in achieving this objective, highlighted by the constant participation in numerous major naval operations and exercises, that were conducted in cooperation with NATO and regional partners," the SMFN said.

The performance showcased by the Romanian Naval Forces on water, air and land, under the FNR 2017 exercise, included seven tactical sequences and another seven introductory moments, conducted consecutively, over two hours, according to a scenario, using all the reaction and response forces of the Military Navy, capable of evolving into the three natural environments — water, air and land.

AGERPRES (RO — author: Dan Mihaescu, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN — editor: Rodica Ionita)

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