International Fleet Review 2016 is a International Military Exercise hosted and conducted by Indian Navy on behalf of the President of India. The Eastern Naval Command is all geared up to host in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam coast which begins on today, a mega event that will witness participation from nearly 50 countries.
It’s objective is to enhance mutual trust and confidence with neighboring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event. Indian Navy is to display its maritime capabilities. The last International Fleet Review by Indian Navy was conducted in January 2001 at Mumbai. This review is proposed to be done at a larger scale from 04 to 8 February 2016 in Visakhapatnam.
Curtain Raising Ceremony of IFR 2016 was conducted on 14 October 2015 in New Delhi.The CNS Admiral RK Dhowan announced the Indian Navy’s plans to conduct an International Fleet Review (IFR) on the Eastern Seaboard at Visakhapatnam from 04 – 8 February 2016 at a specially convened press conference at New Delhi.
The main part of the event Fleet review is conducted by the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, the Honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.The Honourable President of India will review the International Fleet, a combination of Naval Warships from Indian Navy as well as frontline Navies from across the globe, comprising over 75 frontline ships and submarines off Visakhapatnam on 06 Feb 2016. In addition, the ships of the Indian Coast Guard and Mercantile Marine would be participating. As the part of the Review, the President will also review the Indian Naval Air Arm.
The IFR is meant to complement the “Make in India” campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship initiative for India’s internal rejuvenation. The Indian navy had originally planned to field many of its domestically manufactured assets, most significantly the ballistic missile nuclear submarine, Arihant. However, IFR organizers were forced to rethink their plans when participants conveyed their hesitation to send submarines. Instead, India’s main showcase platform will now be the INS Kadmatt – a new ASW corvette that is almost completely indigenous in design and production.