Battle of Gangut Day in Russia Date in the current year: August 9, 2016

Battle of Gangut Day in Russia Battle of Gangut Day (August 9) is one of the Days of Military Honor in the Russian Armed Forces. It commemorates the naval battle that took place in 1714 during the Great Northern War between Russia and Sweden.

The Battle of Gangut (also known as the Battle of Hangö/Hangöudd) was fought outside the Hanko Peninsula (Finland) between the Impartial Russian Navy and Swedish Navy. It resulted in the decisive Russian victory, which is regarded as the first important victory of the Russian navy in the military history of Russia.

This victory allowed to open the coastal seaway for the Russian transport. A week later, the Russian army took control over Åland and forced the remnants of the Swedish army in Finland to withdraw.

Like most other Days of Military Honor, Battle of Gangut Day is celebrated purely in the military, it is not a public holiday. The Russian Navy had a long tradition of having a vessel named Gangut. The last ship named Gangut was launched in 1911. In 1925, it was named Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya (October Revolution).

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