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Dear readers,

This issue of the magazine features civil shipbuilding. For the United Shipbuilding Corporation, which includes major defense industry enterprises, this area of operations is becoming more and more important with every passing year, because the time when the percentage of the USC’s civilian output is to equal military produce is not far off.

Our enterprises do have civil commissions, and this issue of the periodical tells you how they are carried out at the Admiralty Shipyards, at the Baltic Shipyard, at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, at the Nevsky Shipyard and at the Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard. People on Sakhalin, in the Krasnoyarsk Territory and other places are waiting eagerly for every ship that we build. This must always be borne in mind.

We are faced with a large-scale task of national importance: We must replace with new ships the civilian fleet that is going down in history, a fleet built during the golden age of Soviet shipbuilding, associated with the name of Minister Boris Butoma. This is not easy, especially because at the time a common shipbuilding industry existed not only across all the republics of the USSR, but also the Comecon countries. To address this challenge, it is necessary to introduce new technologies, to upgrade the production system, to acquire new competencies. And sometimes to show imagination, creating projects of tomorrow.

Two historical dates associated with the life of one person, Peter the Great, fall on this year. We commemorate the 325th anniversary of the Navy established in 1696 by the Boyar Duma, and the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire. These events, separated by only 25 years, are interconnected: The second could not have taken place without the first, without a strong victorious navy, without the efforts and heroic commitment of the generation of Peter’s shipbuilders and sailors. That is why we go back, time and again, to the figure of Peter the Great. We need his example today.

We live in a world where we are witnessing dramatic changes in global trade, technology and, as a result, in geopolitics. For Russia to continue its development, to become stronger and richer, to strengthen its position in the world, in the global division of labor, we need to correctly assess current global trends and know our strengths and weaknesses. Both of them have roots in the past. Remembering it well, one can change the future.

Alexey L. Rakhmanov
Chief Executive Officer,
Chairman of the Management Board, JSC USC

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