Historic Russian admiral Fyodor Ushakov – a hero of Russia’s wars against Turkey and Napoleon Bonaparte – was designated the patron saint of nuclear-armed, long-distance Russian bombers by the Orthodox Church on Monday.
Russian Patriarch Alexei II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, carried a reliquary and an icon of the admiral, who was canonised in 2004, into the Moscow chapel of the Russian Air Force’s 37th Air Army in Moscow, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency said.
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Agggh no! I remember in my youthful Leninist days singing the Red Airforce song: “And its higher and higher and higher we will raise up the Soviet Star. And every propellor is turning in defence of the USSR!” Now they fly under the wings of a saint (do saints have wings or is it just angels?).
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