Thursday, January 21, 2016

International Fleet Review 2016

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Schedule of IFR 2016 Rehearsal

A Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition of navies world-over. The Review was conceived as a show of naval might and combat readiness. The Review aims at assuring the country, of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high moral and discipline. Assembling of warships without any belligerent intentions is now the norm in modern times. Leading nations of the world, occasionally invite their maritime neighbours, to participate with their ships in the review. Normally called ‘International Fleet Review’, the event then allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and mutual trust amongst maritime nations. In our country, thus far, ten Reviews have been held, with the first in 1953 and the latest in 2011. The only International Fleet Review (IFR) in India was conducted in February 2001, off Mumbai. Second edition of the International Fleet Review is scheduled to be held at Visakhapatnam from 05 February to 08 February 2016.
The event would commence with Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu, laying a wreath at War Memorial at RK Beach and inauguration of the Maritime Exhibition and IFR Village at the AU Engineering College grounds on 04 February 16. The exhibition is aimed to showcase innovation, indigenisation, ingenuity and to display the skills of the youth of our country.  The IFR village also feature a range of gastronomical delights and a cultural extravaganza from across the country. On 05 February, the  Opening Ceremony and a Cultural Programme will be held at the INS Satavahana Stadium, naval base, where Shri ESL Narasimhan, Hon'ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, would be the Chief Guest and Hon'ble Chief Minister,  Shri Chandrababu Naidu would be the Guest of Honour. 
On 06th February 16, the Hon’ble President of India, embarked on INS Sumitra, the Presidential Yacht would review the fleet of participating Indian and foreign warships. Warships and submarines will steam past the Presidential Yacht.   A fly-past by several aircraft and water front activities are also planned as part of the Fleet Review. 
On 07 February, a two-day International Maritime Conference would be inaugurated by Shri Manohar Parikkar, Raksha Mantri, on the theme ‘Partnering Together for a Secure Maritime Future’.  On the same evening the city will witness the Operational Demonstration, followed by the International City Parade at RK Beach which would include marching contingents and bands from the Armed Forces, Indian Coast Guard, the City Parade, participating foreign navy contingents and bands along with students of NCC, SCC and School Children. Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon'ble Prime Minister would be the Chief Guest for the Op Demo and City Parade. 
The activities of IFR-16 will conclude on the evening of 08th February with a Joint International Band Concert at the Naval Officers’ Institute. On 09 February onwards, Indian ships will conduct Passage Exercise with visiting ships which is aimed at improving inter-navy understanding, building up of mutual confidence and further bonhomie and camaraderie between the crews of participating ships. 
Flypast Precautions. A number of aircraft would be flying over the RK Beach during the rehearsals and during IFR. Birds flying near the display area pose a major threat to the aircraft. In order to ensure smooth conduct of the display and for air safety, it is requested that the viewing public as well as residents of the neighbourhood keep the beach area litter free and avoid bringing food items to the beach or dropping food items and garbage in the open, as these attract birds. 
Rehearsal of these events would be conducted as per programme given below. Citizens are advised to make use of opportunities during these rehearsals to witness the IFR activities.  
A Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition of navies world-over. The Review was conceived as a show of naval might and combat readiness. The Review aims at assuring the country, of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high moral and discipline. Assembling of warships without any belligerent intentions is now the norm in modern times. Leading nations of the world, occasionally invite their maritime neighbours, to participate with their ships in the review. Normally called ‘International Fleet Review’, the event then allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and mutual trust amongst maritime nations. In our country, thus far, ten Reviews have been held, with the first in 1953 and the latest in 2011. The only International Fleet Review (IFR) in India was conducted in February 2001, off Mumbai. Second edition of the International Fleet Review is scheduled to be held at Visakhapatnam from 05 February to 08 February 2016.
The event would commence with Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu, laying a wreath at War Memorial at RK Beach and inauguration of the Maritime Exhibition and IFR Village at the AU Engineering College grounds on 04 February 16. The exhibition is aimed to showcase innovation, indigenisation, ingenuity and to display the skills of the youth of our country.  The IFR village also feature a range of gastronomical delights and a cultural extravaganza from across the country. On 05 February, the  Opening Ceremony and a Cultural Programme will be held at the INS Satavahana Stadium, naval base, where Shri ESL Narasimhan, Hon'ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, would be the Chief Guest and Hon'ble Chief Minister,  Shri Chandrababu Naidu would be the Guest of Honour. 
On 06th February 16, the Hon’ble President of India, embarked on INS Sumitra, the Presidential Yacht would review the fleet of participating Indian and foreign warships. Warships and submarines will steam past the Presidential Yacht.   A fly-past by several aircraft and water front activities are also planned as part of the Fleet Review. 
On 07 February, a two-day International Maritime Conference would be inaugurated by Shri Manohar Parikkar, Raksha Mantri, on the theme ‘Partnering Together for a Secure Maritime Future’.  On the same evening the city will witness the Operational Demonstration, followed by the International City Parade at RK Beach which would include marching contingents and bands from the Armed Forces, Indian Coast Guard, the City Parade, participating foreign navy contingents and bands along with students of NCC, SCC and School Children. Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon'ble Prime Minister would be the Chief Guest for the Op Demo and City Parade. 
The activities of IFR-16 will conclude on the evening of 08th February with a Joint International Band Concert at the Naval Officers’ Institute. On 09 February onwards, Indian ships will conduct Passage Exercise with visiting ships which is aimed at improving inter-navy understanding, building up of mutual confidence and further bonhomie and camaraderie between the crews of participating ships. 
Flypast Precautions. A number of aircraft would be flying over the RK Beach during the rehearsals and during IFR. Birds flying near the display area pose a major threat to the aircraft. In order to ensure smooth conduct of the display and for air safety, it is requested that the viewing public as well as residents of the neighbourhood keep the beach area litter free and avoid bringing food items to the beach or dropping food items and garbage in the open, as these attract birds. 
Rehearsal of these events would be conducted as per programme given below. Citizens are advised to make use of opportunities during these rehearsals to witness the IFR activities.  

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