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IFR 2016: AP CM, Naval officers pay homage to war heroes

Press Trust of India  |  Visakhapatnam 

Laying of wreaths at the 1971 war memorial here set the tone for the starting of the International Fleet Review (IFR) being organised by the Indian Navy.

Chief Minister paid homage to the martyrs at the memorial 'Victory at Sea' off RK Beach Road.

Dignitaries, including chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R K Dhowan, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, and commanding officers of visiting foreign naval ships, visiting the Eastern Naval Command laid wreaths at the memorial built by the Navy and the government of

President is scheduled to review the naval fleet off Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

On the occasion today, a 50-men guard of honour was paraded and Naidu proceeded to the memorial with the wreath-bearers marching in front.

A two-minute silence was observed on the occasion as a mark of respect to the martyrs.

The IFR 2016 is the biggest naval exercise wherein nearly 50 countries are participating.

The last IFR was conducted in January 2001 off Mumbai with participation from 29 countries.

Naidu also inaugurated the maritime exhibition at Andhra University Engineering College ground in the presence of Dhowan, Soni and commanding officers of foreign ships.

The exhibition is held in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of 'Make in India'.

Various Indian industries and organisations have set up an array of 74 stalls showcasing self-reliance of the Navy.

A thematic light and sound show depicting the roles on Indian Navy both in war and peace time was the main attractive feature in the exhibition.

An IFR village is co-located with the maritime exhibition, consisting of 100 craft stalls with a variety of art works including live stalls showcasing craftsmanship.

The village also displays the rich cultural heritage of the country with its diverse traditions and cultures.

"is centrally located on East Coast and it plays an important role in economic growth of the country. The state is at the forefront of Prime Minister's 'Make In India' concept," Naidu said.

In the IFR village, stalls are put up by PSUs and private entities under categories of 'float','move' and 'fight', showcasing innovation, indigenisation and potential of the youth of the country.

As per the schedule of the five-day event, Dhowan will host a press conference tomorrow formally inviting the delegations from navies participating in IFR.

An opening ceremony is planned as a curtain raiser event at INS Satavahana Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

First Published: Fri, February 05 2016. 00:28 IST
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