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ST.PETERSBURG, October 31 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Navy headquarters has officially moved to St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, the Russian naval flag has been hoisted on a historical building of the Head Admiral's Office on the Senate square on the occasion of the completion of the transfer of the Navy headquarters from Moscow.
“The Navy command has moved in full, the equipment has been fully transferred. The Defense Ministry has provided housing for officers,” said Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov.”There will be no principle changes in the Headquarters' work. The transfer of the Navy headquarters will not tell on the Navy capacity because modern communication facilities enable us to work in any place. The advantages of the new location is that St.Petersburg harbors avant-garde science and industry which builds and develops the fleet,” Admiral Chirkov said.
For his part, St.Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said that from the economic and political points of view the transfer of the Navy headquarters to St.Petersburg was expedient because" it upgrades the status of St. Petersburg which the city regains as Naval capital," the St.Petersburg governor said. Besides, this will help the city get additional contributions to its budget due to state defense contracts which will be given to the city ship building enterprises,” Poltavchenko said.
The Russian Navy headquarters occupies a complex of historical buildings which until 1917 had harbored the Naval Ministry of the Russian Empire.
"I have a feeling that the fleet has returned to its cradle, which is another factor to make St.Petersburg residents be proud of their city," the city governor said.