The ceremony took place as part of the opening of the International Maritime Defense Show in St Petersburg. Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation; Nikolai Tsukanov, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Northwestern Federal District; Sergey Menyailo, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Siberian Federal District; Vladimir Kozhin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation for Military and Technical Cooperation; Oleg Dukhovnitskiy, Head of the Federal Communications Agency; and Aleksey Rakhmanov, United Shipbuilding Corporation President; took part in the event.
Russian shipbuilding can be traced back to 1667, when Tsar Alexis signed a ukase to build ships. The construction of the country’s first gun frigate began the very same date with the aim to ensure safety of merchant navigation in the Caspian Sea. The first state dockyard was laid down in the village of Dedinovo at the Oka River. The place for the dockyard was chosen for a good reason. This part of Oka was the widest, the village vicinity was rich in ship timber, and the locals were famous for their boats and barges. Afanasy Ordin-Nashchokin, an outstanding Russian diplomat and reform advocate, oversaw the construction.
The first Russian Oryol
-class warship was floated out on May 19, 1669 named in honor of the state coat of arms. As a popular legend has it, she was the first in history to fly the Russian three-colored flag.
The postage stamp features the Oryol
frigate against the background of the Russian tricolor flag.
“Through philately, the Federal Communications Agency and JSC “Marka” attract great attention of Russian and international public to the most important achievements and events in the history of our country, of which the Russian Navy and shipbuilding are inextricable parts. A postage stamp depicting the Oryol
frigate was issued to mark the 350th
anniversary of state shipbuilding in Russia”, said Mr. Dukhovnitskiy.
Additionally, JSC “Marka” has manufactured first day covers and special cancellation postmarks for Moscow and Lukhovitsy, Moscow Oblast.
Design: I. Ulyanovskiy.
Face value: 33 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of sheet: 131×131 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 225,000 stamps (25,000 sheets).