Prez begins reviewing naval fleet in Vizag
Kalam embarked the INS Sukanya after an impressive 21-gun salute and guard of honour at the Visakhapatnam harbour.india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 10:53 IST
The ninth Presidential Fleet Review got off to a spectacular start on Sunday morning with the nation showcasing its maritime might at the port city of Visakhapatnam.
Visakhapatnam is the first on India's Eastern Coast to host the Review.
President APJ Abdul Kalam embarked the INS Sukanya after an impressive 21-gun salute and guard of honour at the Visakhapatnam harbour.
Warships from all Navy commands were anchored in line in full public view for the Presidential Review.
The crew for all the ships also lined up on the upper deck in white ceremonial uniforms and doffed their caps in unison as the Presidential Column, comprising six ships, went past.
The Eastern Naval Command showcased around 50 Naval ships and 55 aircraft ranging from carrier, missile destroyers, submarines, stealth frigates, Naval sea fighters and helicopters.
Although it had been originally planned to hold the ninth PFR in Mumbai, the decision to shift the venue was taken keeping in mind the growing strategic importance of the Eastern Coast and the country's 'Look East' policy, a naval spokesman said.