President reviews international fleet

President Pranab Mukherjee embarked on the Presidential Yacht 'INS Sumitra' on Saturday to take the salute at the International Fleet Review-2016, in which 50 countries are participating.

  • Published 6.02.16
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Visakhapatnam, Feb. 6 (PTI): President Pranab Mukherjee embarked on the Presidential Yacht 'INS Sumitra' on Saturday to take the salute at the International Fleet Review-2016, in which 50 countries are participating.

Mukherjee, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, among others.

This is the 11th fleet review after independence and the second international one being conducted in India.

With the President on board, INS Sumitra sailed through a display of 70 ships at anchorage off Visakhapatnam.

After reviewing the fleet, Mukherjee said 50 friendly navies have sent ships or delegations to participate in the first IFR on the India’s east coast, at Visakhapatnam.

”Navies world over have conducted fleet reviews to symbolise their loyalty, allegiance to the nation and strengthening bonds between the sailors and the State. IFR 2016 does that much and much more,” the President said.

The review had a combination of ships from Indian Navy as well as frontline navies from across the globe. Ships from Indian Coast Guard and mercantile marine also participated.

In this most formal of naval ceremonies, each ship dressed in full regalia saluted the President as he passed.

The President also reviewed the Indian Naval air arm, which put up a spectacular fly-past by several fixed wing and rotary aircraft comprising 15 formations.

The President said India's geographical location, astride the major shipping routes of the Indian Ocean, gives it a pivotal maritime role.

”Considering the globalised nature of today's political and economic environment, it is our belief that the present day maritime domain requires navies across the world to re-focus their efforts to counter the rising tide of non-traditional maritime challenges in the brown, green and blue waters across all oceans,” he said.

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