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The President of the Republic handed over the Naval base flag

President Arnold Rüütel today took part in a ceremony held at the Mine Harbour in Tallinn where he handed over the Naval base flag. Today marks also the 87th anniversary of the Estonian Navy.

In the words of the President of the Republic, the success and development of the Estonian Navy would have been impossible without the Naval base. "This is the home port of our naval ships and marines, a place missed when being away at sea and where one longes to return. Friends and allies are received here, and from here assistance and support is provided when needed," President Rüütel said handing over the flag.

"The Naval base is not merely a small plot of land on the territory of our capital, it is also a base for Estonian and NATO warships, and its stable and purposeful development serves the interest of the whole state. The infrastructure and outward appearance of the Naval Base, its compatibility with the allies' requirements, and at the same time the ability to give support to our partners' navy vessels is the touchstone of capability of the navy and the defence forces, but also the whole state to fulfil our obligations towards the allies. We can say that the Naval base is also our visiting card," President Rüütel said.

The Flag of the Naval base was donated by the Maritime Division of the Defence League's Tallinn Company. The chief chaplain of the Defence Forces Col. Tõnis Nõmmik consecrated the flag. The Chief of the defence Forces, Vice Admiral Tarmo Kõuts read out the certificate of flag donation.

The flag donated to the Naval base represents the coat-of arms of the base on the background of two crossed golden anchors - attributes of St. Nicolas, patron saint of mariners, and a naked sword - attribute of St. Michael. A heraldry specialist Priit Herodes has designed the flag.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, November 21, 2005

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