Indian Navy’s IFR: Modi, Parrikar, Mukherjee at Visakhapatnam


Visakhapatnam: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday arrived in Visakhapatnam for the International Fleet Review of Indian Navy ceremony.

“The dynamics will change… a large number of navies participating, there will be interactions, it will enhance coordination,” Admiral Dhowan said IANS  after a press conference in which chiefs and officers from several navies, along with  the US, Japan and China were present.

During the review, Indian Navy will showcase its capability and technical superiority. Around 90 ships of Indian Navy are participating in the event.

Over 50 countries are participating in the mega maritime meet.

The naval chief said the IFR theme of ‘United through Oceans’ signifies that the global navies need to come together to guard international waters.

Around 50 navies from across the world are participating in the IFR, the second of its kind and the largest military exercise by India.

The President, as the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, reviews the Indian Naval fleet once in his or her term as part of the ‘President’s Fleet Review’.

The International Fleet Review allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and the ‘bridges of friendship’ it has built with other maritime nations,” a press release issued today by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

The International Fleet Review-2016 will be held on a much larger scale than ever done before. It will witness participation from 50 countries, it said.

The last International Fleet Review was conducted in January 2001 off Mumbai with participation from 29 countries.

Mukherjee will be on three-day visit to Andhra Pradesh Beginning today.