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Chief of Naval staff reviews preparations for 12th President’s Fleet Review

by Raju Vernekar
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IT Correspondent
Mumbai, Feb 21:

Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff on Sunday reviewed the overall preparations for the 12th President’s Fleet Review (PFR)-2022 which will be conducted at Visakhapatnam on Monday as a part of the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, being celebrated as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
President Ramnath Kovind, arrived in Visakhapatnam on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC). Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of ENC Vice-Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta and others extended a warm welcome to the President at the Naval Airbase INS Dega.
As per an official statement from the Ministry of Defence, the president who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces embarked on the Presidential Yacht INS Sumitra to review the Indian Naval Fleet. The indigenously-built Naval offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra, has been specially-designated as the ‘Presidential Yacht’, to review all participating ships, anchored in a formation off the Visakhapatnam coast in four precise columns, by ‘steaming past’ them, according to a Indian Navy release.
President Kovind will review two fleets of the Navy, including warships, and of Coast Guard, Shipping Corporation of India and Union Ministry of Earth Sciences comprising 60 ships and submarines manned by over 10,000 personnel. Also, 50 aircraft will be part of the event, wherein they will conduct a fly-past. Ships from all Naval Commands and Andaman and Nicobar Command are anchored in four columns. The Presidential yacht will sail past 44 ships anchored in four lanes and will be accorded the ceremonial salute, one by one.
The participating platforms in the review include newly inducted combat platforms, the latest stealth destroyer INS Visakhapatnam and INS Vela, a Kalvari class submarine recently commissioned into the Indian Navy. IN Ships Chennai, Delhi, Teg, and three Shivalik class frigates and three Kamorta class ASW Corvettes will also form part of the review.
All aircraft in operation under the aviation wing of the Indian Navy will participate in the fly-past that will include latest acquisitions like Mikoyan MiG-29K, Chetaks, ALH, Sea Kings, KAMOVs, Dorniers, IL-38SD, P8I, Hawks, MiG 29K , Boeing P-8I Neptune and the HAL Dhruv MKIII will also form part of the review. After the flypast, the Marine Commandos (Marcos) will present a demonstration of an anti-terrorist operation, a search-and-rescue drill, and a steam-past by a few submarines, the Navy said.
It is pertinent to mention that 47 out of the 60 ships and submarines participating have been constructed in Indian shipyards, thus showcasing indigenous capabilities and progress towards Atmanirbharta, the ministry added. The President will also release a specially-designed First Day Cover and a Commemorative Stamp on the occasion.
As the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, every President of India reviews the Indian Naval Fleet once during his five-year and PFR-22 will be the 12th edition. The PFR is aimed at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high morale and discipline.
This is the second time that Visakhapatnam has been hosting the PFR, the first being in the year 2006 by the then President of India APJ Abdul Kalam. In 2016, the then President Pranab Mukherjee inspected the International Fleet Review in Visakhapatnam, popularly called the City of Destiny.

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