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The President of the Republic spoke at the ceremony of taking over the Navy Ship Tasuja

President Rüütel today attended a ceremony held at Berth 17 of Tallinn Vanasadam where the Estonian Navy formally took over the Diver and Support Ship Tasuja from Danish colleagues.

In his speech delivered at the ceremony, the President of the Republic stressed the essential role the Navy has played in Estonian history and the need to acquire new vessels in order to maintain Estonian traditions and capabilities as a maritime state. ''Estonian Navy has become a presentable and capable force and has also found recognition of our partners in NATO. Recently ENS Admiral Pitka served as the Command and Support Ship of Standing NATO Response Force Mine Countermeasure Group 1 and managed to successfully fulfil her tasks. The navy is indispensable for the preservation of territorial integrity of the state. I believe that our people can always rely on you,'' the Head of State said.

President Rüütel also expressed gratitude to the Kingdom of Denmark for its assistance to the restoration and development of Estonian Navy and wished the crew of the Tasuja ''seven feet under the keel''.

After that Sublieutenant Erkki Silm, Commander of the Diver and Support Ship Tasuja, introduced the new ship to the President of the Republic, Minister of Defence Jürgen Ligi and Chief of the General Staff of the Defence Forces Brigadier General Alar Laneman.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, April 17, 2006

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