Navy Day in Bulgaria Date in the current year: August 14, 2016

Navy Day in Bulgaria In Bulgaria, Navy Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in August. It is the culmination of the traditional National Week of the Sea. The date of the holiday was chosen to commemorate the creation of the Bulgarian Navy in 1879.

The history of Bulgarian Navy begins in August 1879, when the Russian Empire helped create the Danube Flotilla in the city of Ruse. The building of the Black Sea Navy started in 1897. It was based in the city of Varna. As Bulgaria did not have proper military schools at the time, its navy officers were trained in Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy and France. The Bulgarian Navy actively participated in combat activities during the First Balkan War, Second Balkan War, World War I and World War II.

Recently, the Bulgarian Navy had to undergo some changes to meet NATO requirements. Functionally, it consists from deployment forces and territorial forces. Organizationally, it comprises Navy Training and Preparation Headquarters, two military naval bases, and units for combat provision and combat support.

As it has already been mentioned, the Bulgarian Navy is honored for the entire second week of August. The celebration starts in Ruse, the birthplace of the navy, and culminates in Varna.

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