Presidential ship INS Sumitra proceeds for fleet review.
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Vizag for the International Fleet Review on Saturday.
This review allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and build bridges of friendship with other maritime nations, he said.
The President will review the international fleet comprising 75 frontline ships and submarines. He will also witness the Indian Naval Air Arm in a display of spectacular fly-past by several fixed wing and rotary aircraft comprising 15 formations, a Navy release said.
This is the second IFR, in which 50 countries are participating, hosted by India. The first one was held in January 2001 in Mumbai with participation of 29 countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address the gathering and release a book on India’s maritime heritage.
Other programmes during the five-day event include a two-day International Maritime Conference beginning February 7. The conference, on the theme ‘Partnering together for a secure maritime future’, would be inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar.
Mukherjee embarks on the Presidential Yacht INS Sumitra.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the International Fleet Review.