VARNA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 13 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: BNR
After the official events in Ruse, the celebrations for the 139th anniversary of the Bulgarian Naval Forces, continued in Varna, where on 12th August were held solemn ceremonies, with the participation of Bulgarian official, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The celebrations in Varna were attended by the President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, the Deputy Defense Minister Anatoliy Velichkov, the Chief of Defense General Andrey Botsev, senior officers from the Bulgarian Army and representatives of the state and local authorities, as well.
The official events began with the awarding of diplomas and military ranks to “Class – 2018” of Naval Academy “N. J. Vaptsarov” graduated cadets. Sixteen cadets were awarded officer epaulettes – 6 girls and 10 boys from “Organization and Management Of Navy Tactical Units” discipline, with specialization in “Navigation for the Navy”, “Naval Communication and Radio electronic Systems” and “Ship machines and mechanisms.” Michman Nikolay Genov is the first of the class among the graduated cadets, whose average grade is “Excellent 5.80”.
In his speech, addressed to the newly-graduated naval officers, Anatoliy Velichkov, Deputy Defense Minister wished them to be decisive and to carry their ancestors’ inextinguishable ardor for victory in their hearts.
“In today’s trouble times, when the focus in Black Sea region implies the establishment of huge energy projects, and along with them the increasing military capabilities of other maritime countries, the Ministry of Defense political will is to accomplish the modernization projects and to build new fighting capabilities of the Naval Forces,” he said.
He also acknowledged the teaching staff and the management of the Naval Academy, by saying that with every graduated class they prove their clear vision in the developing of such military personnel that is necessary for the maritime industry and the military fleet as well.
General Andrey Botsev, Chief of Defense, also congratulated the young “Class – 2018” officers of the Naval Academy. He said that they are the new generation that will contribute to the progress of better Bulgarian Army preparation and will ensure Bulgarian maritime sovereignty. “In future, we will rely on you for the development of the Naval Forces”, he added and wished them a lot of success and a tough fighting spirit.
After the diploma ceremony, those who present the Navy celebrations observed elements of a maritime security operation to detain a vessel.
Later on that day, a military ceremony for unveiling a memorial plaque placed on the wall of the pier of Varna Marine station was held. The memorial plaque was gifted by the organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” for their gratitude to the Varna community and Bulgarian sailors.
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