Visakhapatnam: The Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces and President of India Pranab Mukherjee will be reviewing the fleet at the International Fleet Review (IFR) being held at Vishakhapatanam today.
Presidential Yacht, INS Sumitra will be embarked by the President of India along with sail along with 75 ships at anchorage off Visakhapatnam.
As per schedule, the commander would receive a 21-gun salute and the ceremonial Guard of Honour. INS Sumitra, an ingenuously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), will lead the Presidential Column. The yacht will be distinguished by the Ashoka emblem on her side and flying of the President’s Standard on the Mast.
“The review will have a combination of ships from Indian Navy as well as front line Navies from across the globe. The ships of Indian Coast Guard and Mercantile Marine will also be participating. In this most formal of naval ceremonials, each ship dressed in full regalia will salute the President as he passes,” said Navy spokesperson, Captain D K Sharma.
The president reviewed the International fleet comprising of 75 front line ships and submarines. Each ship will be manned by her ship’s company, dressing in white ceremonial uniforms. White caps will be doffed in unison in a grand salutation. Three ‘Jai’s’, symbolizing the spirit of camaraderie and bonhomie, will be voiced.
A fly-past will comprise of 15 formations of 45 aircraft including two formations from the Indian Coast Guard. There will be 15 formations during the flypast with President reviewing the Indian Naval Air Arm. The spectators will be treated with enthralling display of water front activities by sail boats, water skiing, display by Marine Commandos and helicopter demonstrations. Finally, a mobile column of warships and submarines will steam past the Presidential Yatch INS Sumitra.