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International Fleet Review 2016

While bringing the Indian navy’s second international fleet review to a close on Sunday at Visakhapatnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised, once again, the centrality of the oceans for India’s prosperity and security. 


The first IFR was conceived and executed in 2001 under the leadership of the then Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sushil Kumar, recalls Vice Admiral Suresh Bangara for South Asia Monitor


The Fleet Review aims at assuring the nation of the Navy’s preparedness, high morale and discipline, writes Vice Admiral Pradeep Kaushiva for South Asia Monitor.


Prime Minister Vajpayee, a former Foreign Minister, had an intuitive and astute understanding of the  nuances of sea power, which forms the essence of maritime diplomacy. And with that remark and subsequent discussions germinated  the idea of conducting India's first International Fleet Review (IFR), writes Admiral Sushil Kumar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.


The International Fleet Review (IFR) that begins today in Visakhapatnam, headquarters of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command, is a mega maritime event that will bring together 54 nations. President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, will review 90 neatly assembled ships of the host nation and 22 other navies from the presidential yacht on February 6.


Apart from being an elaborate ceremonial and ‘coming out’ party for a rejuvenated Indian Navy, the International Fleet Review-2016 is also a medium for its message: ‘united through the oceans', writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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A Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition followed by navies all over the world. It is a grand occasion when every operational ship is spruced up, proudly displaying its crest and its company in a spirit of loyalty and allegiance to its sovereign and the state.


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