The Indian Navy is set to stage the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 in the Bay of Bengal, off the Visakhapatnam coast, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Themed as United through Oceans, and set to be attended by nearly 50 nations, the four-day event will witness a global participation from 90 ships, including 24 warships and 24 foreign naval chiefs.
In 2001, the first such International Fleet Review was held in Mumbai, India and was attended by 29 nations.
Eastern Naval Command, flag officer commanding-in-chief, vice-admiral Satish Soni confirmed that the fleet will be joined by 70 to 75 helicopters of various types, including Hawk jet fighters, to display their capabilities.
The naval exercise aims at fostering international ties to pledge assistance to combat any potential maritime security or humanitarian threats at sea. It is expected to promote cooperation, integrity and interoperability on a global level.
Additionally, the IFR will feature an array of events, including a nautical exhibition, a city parade, a maritime conference, an operational demonstration, and a book release function celebrating the maritime heritage of India.
The naval exercise, to be held in Eastern India, will be provided with power supply by the Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL).
Image: Officials at the curtain raiser of IFR 2016 in New Delhi. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.