The Romanian Navy organizes in marine garrisons, beginning this Saturday, a string of celebratory events that preface Romanian Navy Day, traditionally marked on August 15. On August 8, as part of an Open Day, the public was invited to attend presentations of combat equipment and weapons in the military sea and river ports.
The visitors will be able to step aboard frigates, corvettes, missile craft, sea dredgers, armored river patrol boats, and other watercraft classes in the military ports of Constanta, Mangalia, Braila and Tulcea.
Displayed on this occasion will be relevant naval technology, weapons and military equipment, alongside marine-themed painting exhibitions, marlinespike seamanship works. The marine military education institutions will present their offers, and music ensembles and the Navy Band will perform on the quay, while the visitors will be able to practice the seafarers’ knot-tying techniques in interactive workshops.
Monday, August 10, is devoted to marine military education, as representatives of the “Mircea cel Batran” Naval Academy and of the Naval Petty Officers School will present the institutions’ educational offer; the artists of the Constanta Military Club will stage a show on the waterfront of the Navy Command in Constanta, from 18:00 to 20:00 hrs.
A workshop of the military divers is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, with undersea force members holding between 15:00 and 18:00 hrs a recreational diving session. On the same day, between 18:00 and 20:00 hrs, the Maritime Hydrographic Directorate and the Diving Center will stage on the promenade in front of Navy Command an exhibition reflecting their specific activities. In the evening, the Navy Band and the artistic ensembles of the Constanta Military club will perform outdoors for the public strolling along the waterfront. Other artistic performances are scheduled for Thursday, August 13, at the same venue, between 18:00 and 20:00 hrs.
Friday, August 14, is Thanksgiving Day, an event honoring the memory of all the sailors whose resting place is the sea. A military and religious wreath-laying ceremony will be organised on this occasion at the Sailors Monument on the Constanta seafront, starting at 10:00, followed by the military ceremony for the decoration of the Navy Staff Battle Flag.
On Navy Day, August 15, the Romanian Navy Day celebrations will begin at 10:00 hrs, on the promenade in front of Navy Command, with a military and religious ceremony, followed by the arrival of God Neptune in an allegorical show, the presentation of the FNR 2015 Naval Exercise, and the traditional naval review.
Seamen’s games will take place from 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:00 to 15:00 hrs in the Tomis Port. The evening will see the ceremony for the the flag, the grand jack and the full-dress colors’ lowering; a torchlight retreat parade of the marines on the route the Genovese Lighthouse – Ovidiu Square – Constanta Prefecture Palace will end the festivities at 21:00 hrs, Agerpres informs.
Defence Minister on Open Day visit to Constanta military port
Defence Minister Mircea Dusa (photo) visited on Saturday several warships docked in the military port of Constanta, on the occasion of the Open Doors traditional event that precedes every year the August 15 Romanian Navy Day celebrations organized by the Navy Staff.
At the end of the visit, Mircea Dusa said that this year the Romanian Navy Day is marked in the broader context of the 155th celebration of the establishment of the modern Romanian Navy by Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, back in 1860.
The Defence Minister also announced the organization within soon of tenders for the overhaul of Romania’s Type 22 frigates “Regele Ferdinand” and “Regina Maria,” and their endowment with electronic equipment and last generation warfare.
“We are making efforts to also obtain the necessary budget allocation for the repair and modernzation of the ‘Delfinul’ submarine, but also for the acquisition of the new corvettes that will join the Romanian Navy,” said DefMin Dusa.
Romania’s Navy Day was first celebrated on August 15, 1902, in close connection to the Dormition religious holiday, as Virgin Mary is the patron saint of sailors everywhere. Back then, the celebrations were hosted in the Constanta Port, abroad the “Elisabeta” battle cruiser, in the presence of then War Minister Dimitrie A. Sturdza and all the officers of the Sea Division. Outdoor events, including shows and fireworks, were also organised on the seaside before the Casino.
After 1990, when the spiritual significance of this holiday was restored, Navy Day celebrations have included both religious ceremonies, and cannon salvos, bunting, a speech from the Navy Commander or his representative, playing the national anthem, throwing a flower anchor in the water to the memory of the Navy heroes, athletic contests involving sailors, regattas and fireworks.