10 Amazing and Exclusive pictures of International Fleet Review 2016, Vizag.

 

The four-day gala celebrating naval prowess and military extravaganza on the sea – the prestigious International Fleet Review (IFR) – organised by the Indian Navy; was a vibrant and colorful affair.

South Report brings you awesome exclusive pictures and some facts from the event:

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The official theme of the IFR this year is “United through Oceans”, thereby indicating a global maritime cooperation that is the need of the hour.

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor E.S.L Narasimhan, several Union ministers and foreign delegates from over 80 countries participated in the International Fleet Review.

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This was the 11th fleet review after independence and the second international one after Mumbai one.

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

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Close to 75 Indian warships and 24 from Navies across the globe sailed past the Presidential yacht- INS Sumitra.

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The Hawk and Mig- 29 K aircraft too displayed breathtaking maneuvers- displaying the skills of the Naval warriors to operate their fighter jets at a pressure six times the gravitational force.

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Close to 4000 sailors participated in the fleet review- perceived to be the biggest so far in India.

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Amongst the Indian platforms that paraded in front of the high profile delegation off the east coast was INS Vikramaditya- India’s biggest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, destroyers INS Kolkata, Mysore, frigates- Shivalik, Satpura, Teg amongst others.

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The great event concluded on Sunday evening with a spectacular show of fireworks.

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Photography: Navin Bahirwani Photography