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:
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.
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.
This was the 11th fleet review after independence and the second international one after Mumbai one.
The President said India’s geographical location, astride the major shipping routes of the Indian Ocean, gives it a pivotal maritime role.
Close to 75 Indian warships and 24 from Navies across the globe sailed past the Presidential yacht- INS Sumitra.
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.
Close to 4000 sailors participated in the fleet review- perceived to be the biggest so far in India.
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.
The great event concluded on Sunday evening with a spectacular show of fireworks.
Photography: Navin Bahirwani Photography