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President Kalam lauds India's naval prowess

Kalam was pleased that INS Rajput "has become the first ship to have the most advanced supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos".

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 17:58 IST

The ninth Presidential Fleet Review (PFR) got off to a spectacular start in this port city on Sunday with President APJ Abdul Kalam declaring that the nation was proud of its naval forces.

Describing PFR 2006 as a "beautiful experience," the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces said the display of India's maritime might had given him confidence and "the nation is assured of its maritime security".

"It indicates India's power, maritime power, sea power. I am happy that the Indian navy is a powerful force in our nation and is defending the country and at the same time spreading peace because sea connects many nations," he said.

The PFR, considered second only to the Republic Day parade in grandeur, showcased over 50 Naval ships and 55 aircraft ranging from carrier, submarines and stealth frigates in a two-hour display of the country's armada.

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the three Chiefs of Armed Forces -- Admiral Arun Prakash, General JJ Singh and Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi -- accompanied the President for the Review.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and Union MoS for Mines Subbirami Reddy were among the dignitaries who travelled on the Presidential yacht.

The President said he was pleased to note that INS Rajput "has now become the first ship to have the most advanced supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos".

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 17:58 IST