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Indian International Fleet Review for 2016 conducted

Officers from India and foreign countries pose for photo at the closing ceremony of Indian International Fleet Review. – Myanmar Delegation is at Left.
Officers from India and foreign countries pose for photo at the closing ceremony of Indian International Fleet Review. – Myanmar Delegation is at Left.

THE Indian Navy conducted their International Fleet Review (IFR-16) off Visakhapatnam from 4 to 08 Feb. A Fleet Review is a traditional maritime practice wherein the country’s Head of State of India inspects the Naval Fleet.
In India it is a practice to conduct a Fleet Review once in the five year term of the President. This year the Review was special in that it included participation not only by Indian warships but also by those from foreign countries.
In all 22 warships from foreign navies were present amongst the 70 warships that were ceremonially inspected by the Honourable President of the Republic of India, H.E Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 6 Feb. A fly past by 45 naval aircraft was also undertaken during the Fleet Review.
The International Fleet Review 2016 was able to bring together navies from around the globe and signified the common desire to promote peace, harmony and co-operation on the ‘global commons’, as the oceans are also referred to.
In addition to the ships, 23 Heads of Navy were also present at Visakhapatnam with another 26 sending a delegation. In this manner, IFR 16 saw representation from 50 foreign navies from around the world.
Vice Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief, Myanmar Navy, attended IFR 16 and had successful meetings with H.E Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of the Republic of India,   H.E Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minster of the Republic of India, important Cabinet ministers and Adm RK Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy.
UMS King Aung Zeya was also present for the Review. The presence of the marching contingent from the Myanmar Navy that participated in the City Parade on 7 February was witnessed by the Prime Minister of India and other attendees.
Besides the Review by the President, several other activities like the International Maritime Seminar, International Maritime Conference, Cultural Show, International City Parade, International Band Concert and Operational Demonstration were conducted from 4 to 8 February.

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