International Fleet Review – 2016 begins

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K.Dhowan and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral Satish Soni laid a wreath at the War Memorial – Victory at Sea here today to honour the sailors and officers who laid down their lives for the nation.

The solemn ceremony in proper naval tradition was preceded by wreath laying by commanding officers at the ships of foreign navies participating in the IFR. Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma,, representatives form the navies of Australia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Seychelles, South Africa, Bahrain and Malaysia among others were present along with MLCs and MLA and other political leaders.

Maritime Exhibition inaugurated:

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has inaugurated the Maritime Exhibition (MAREX) at Andhra university Engineering College grounds. In an interaction with media, he said that the State is proud of Visakhapatnam and the entire country is looking at it. He congratulated Chief of Naval Staff Robin K Dhowan on the way the IFR was being conducted. He also complimented the district officials for their efforts. The exhibition highlighted the Make in India campaign and shipbuilding and defence and aerospace models while the crafts village reflected the cultural heritage, said the Chief Minister.

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