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.
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 Monday.
“I am sure he will become your intermediary as you fulfil your responsible duties to the fatherland in the long-range air force,” the patriarch said.
(AFP – Yahoo! News – Mon Sep 26,11:09 AM ET)