Croatian Navy Day Date in the current year: September 18, 2016

Croatian Navy Day Croatian Navy Day (Dan Hrvatske ratne mornarice) is celebrated annually on September 18. The holiday commemorates the first recorded Croatian naval victory that occurred in 887 as well as the naval battles of the Croatian War of Independence.

On September 18, 887, the fleet of duke Branimir of Croatia defeated Venetians near the city of Makarska. Doge of Venice Pietro I Candiano was killed in the battle, and the Venetians began to pay Branimir an annual tribute for the right to trade and travel in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea.

The history of the Croatian Navy in its current form began in 1991. The formation of Croatian's naval force started during the breakdown of Yugoslavia. The main fleet was formed on September 24, 1991. It participated in the Croatian War of Independence, namely the Battle of the Dalmatian Channels and lifting of the Siege of Dubrovnik. Both battles resulted in Croatian victory.

Croatian Navy Day was established to recognize the contribution of the Croatian Navy and honor its members. It is celebrated with the reveille of the Navy orchestra, solemn ceremonies (including the laying of wreaths), military displays, official speeches, harboring of Navy vessels in the Makarska port, and other relevant events and activities.

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