Saturday, March 5, 2016
The International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 at Vizag- Bridges of Friendship 6.2.2016
This lovely First Day Cover commemorating The 2nd International Fleet Review (IFR) was given to me by my Dear friend Commodore Bibhu Mohanti.
A Naval Fleet review is a ceremonial and stately inspection of the Naval Warships by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the Honourable President. The last International Fleet Review held off Mumbai in 2001.
The International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 was conducted at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from February 5 to February 8, 2016. It was an International Military Exercise hosted and conducted by Indian Navy on behalf of the President of India. It's objective was to enhance mutual trust and confidence with neighbouring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event. Indian Navy took this opportunity to display display its maritime capabilities. The last International Fleet Review by Indian Navy was conducted in January 2001 at Mumbai.
54 countries participated in IFR2016. Ships included 24 warships from foreign countries, 24 foreign Naval chiefs, and 90 foreign delegates.
The Vizag International Fleet Review 2016 opening ceremony was done by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu on February 4, 2016. The special celebrities who attend the event were President Pranab Mukherjee, Governor E.S.L Narasimhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shri Manohar Parikkar, Raksha Mantri.