President Ram Nath Kovind, the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, will review the Naval Fleet comprising over 60 ships and submarines and 55 aircraft at Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam today.
According to the official statement by the Ministry of Defence, the President’s Fleet Review, an awe-inspiring and much-awaited event, will be conducted on Monday at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
It will be the 12th Fleet Review and has a special significance since it is conducted on the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav across the Nation.
Indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumitra, President’s Yacht, will lead the Presidential Column. The Ashoka Emblem will differentiate the yacht on her side. It will also fly the Standard Mast of the President.
After a Ceremonial Guard of Honour and a 21 Gun Salute, INS Sumitra would cruise through 44 ships lined up at anchorage off Visakhapatnam.
The ships will be a combination of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. In addition, ships from the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) and the Ministry of Earth Sciences will also be participating.
Each ship dressed in naval flags in full regalia will salute the President as he passes in these most formal naval ceremonials. The President will also be reviewing the spectacular fly-past by several helicopters and aircraft.
In the final stage of the review, warships and submarines will steam past the President’s Yacht. This display will also showcase the latest acquisitions of the Indian Navy.
Several enthralling water activities will be conducted, including Water Para Jumps by the elite Marine Commandos (MARCOS), Parade of Sails, Search and Rescue Demonstration at Sea, Aerobatics by Hawk aircraft.
Later, in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Communication Devusinh J Chauhan, the President will release a special First Day Cover and a commemorative stamp.