President of India Pranab Mukherjee witnessed the International Fleet Review-2016 today at Visakhapatnam.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 while showcasing the prowess of the Indian Navy, has brought together navies from across the globe here on Indian shores, signifying our common desire to use the seas to promote peace, cooperation and friendship, as also to develop partnerships for a secure maritime future. Presence of foreign countries in such large numbers has made this international event spectacular and truly reflects the spirit of this IFR, we are indeed ‘United through Oceans’. IFR 2016 has enabled us to join hands and work together to secure our seas for the greater good of humanity and the world.
The President said that the navies of the world have a unique role in promoting goodwill, nurturing peace and tranquillity of the oceans. Ships and personnel participating at this momentous fleet review are ambassadors of great nations that they represent. The message of friendship and goodwill of their people strengthens our belief in promoting peace, prosperity and stability for mutual co-existence and ensuring secure seas. (INN)