The congratulatory message reads, in part:
“For more than three centuries now the Navy has defended Russia’s national interests. Its heroic chronicles include memorable military victories and important geographical discoveries. The courage and bravery of generations of sailors have earned our country the honoured status of great naval power.
Today, naval vessels flying the legendary Andreyevsky Flag are successfully carrying out difficult and important missions. I am sure that you will continue to spread the reputation of Russia’s navy and will be worthy successors to the rich traditions of your predecessors.”