Indian Navy’s IFR rehearsals light Visakhapatnam waters

Visakhapatnam, Jan 31 (IANS) The coastal city of Visakhapatnam was on Sunday buzzing with activity with warships circling the waters and aircrafts hovering in the sky as the Indian Navy started rehearsals for the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 that will start on February 4.

Ships and delegations from 54 countries will be participating in the first-of-its-kind military exercise to be hosted by India.

The event will see the participation of 24 warships from other countries and 24 foreign naval chiefs, along with several foreign delegates.

“IFR is an opportunity for the host nation to enhance mutual trust and confidence with its maritime neighbours and other like-minded nations. It is also an indication of the reciprocal trust and confidence placed in the host nation,” Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D.K. Sharma said on Sunday.

“Apart from showcasing our maritime prowess, IFR would also include events that will highlight d thrust on indigenisation and innovations,” he said.

The events would include exhibitions on Make in India, Digital India and Green India as well as cultural displays.

The IFR will be held in Visakhapatnam, the headquarters of the navy’s Eastern Command, during February 4-8.

The IFR will see several events, including review of the fleet by President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the supreme commander of India’s armed forces.

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