52 countries to take part in IFR-2016

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The first-ever International Fleet Review on the
Eastern Seaboard would be witnessing
participation from 52 countries, Chief of Naval
Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan has said.
Addressing the media here on Thursday after
commissioning the indigenous stealth anti-
submarine corvette, INS Kadmatt, Admiral
Dhowan said 24 warships of other navies would
be participating in the event. There would be 34
chiefs of navies and delegations representing the
other participating navies, he said.
‘Look East, Act East’
The city would be hosting the IFR, indicating its
importance in the ‘Look East and Act East’ policy
of the government.
India shares the waters of Bay of Bengal with six
littoral nations, and the Eastern Naval Command
has the largest area of responsibility.
The IFR would showcase the innovation by the
youth of our nation. An exhibition would be
organised at the IFR Village being set up at
Andhra University, which would showcase our
achievements in innovation in technology. It
would have participation from our shipyards,
Defence Research and Development Organisation,
and technology providers.
Expressing satisfaction over the preparations for
the IFR, Admiral Dhowan congratulated the
Eastern Naval Command and the State
government for making the city look good.
The participating navies would be showcasing
their capabilities at the event. The ships of the
participating navies would also conduct passage
exercises with the Indian Navy after the event.
Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval
Command, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, and Navy
PRO Captain D.K. Sharma were present.
Visakhapatnam is hosting the IFR, indicating its
importance in the ‘Look East and Act East’ policy
of the government

Ravi

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