This commemorative Miniature sheet of 4 Russian stamps, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy. was issued on 26th July 1996. The ship shown at top left was the Galley Printcipyum that served in the Navy in 1696. The ship shown in the stamp below that is the Azov which was a 74-gun ship of the line of the Imperial Russian Navy. Azov was built in 1826 to compensate the losses of the disastrous 1824 Saint Petersburg flood. In the same year Azov, commanded by Mikhail Lazarev, became the flagship of Admiral Login Geiden's First Mediterranean Squadron and sailed to the Aegean on a joint English-French-Russian peacekeeping mission. On October 20, 1827 Azov spearheaded the Russian squadron into in the Battle of Navarino. She engaged numerous enemy ships and sustained heavy damage. After refit at Malta Azov continued her service as Geiden's flagship and enforced naval blockade of Greece and the Dardanelles. In the beginning of 1830 Azov returned to Kronstadt. By this time the ship was literally rotten owing to poor workmanship and combat damage. She was retired in the same year and broken up in 1831 after only four years in service.
The stamp at top right depicts a Nuclear powered missile submarine. And below that is a stamp showing the Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. This ship proudly called Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov "Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov", laid down as Riga, launched as Leonid Brezhnev, on sea trials as Tbilisi, and finally named Kuznetsov is an aircraft cruiser (heavy aircraft carrying missile cruiser (TAVKR) in Russian classification) serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy. She was originally commissioned in the Soviet Navy, and was intended to be the lead ship of her class, but the only other ship of her class, Varyag, was never completed or commissioned and was sold to the People's Republic of China as a hulk by Ukraine. Kuznetsov was named after the Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Nikolai Gerasimovich Kuznetsov. This pretty mini sheet was given to me by my dear friend Maria.