PFR 2022: President Ram Nath Kovind reviews Indian naval fleet in Visakhapatnam

avatar Sapna Singh Monday 21st of February 2022 02:01 PM

Visakhapatnam: The President’s Fleet Review, a splendid and much-awaited event, conducted at Vizag on Monday.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, reviewed the Naval Fleet comprising over 60 ships and submarines, and 55 aircraft.

During his speech, President Kovind mentioned about the Vizag’s strategic importance, saying, “it has made a glorious contribution in 1971 war.” “I recall the heroic action of the Eastern Naval Command in the naval blockade of the then East Pakistan and the sinking of Pakistan’s submarine ‘Ghazi’. That was a decisive blow to Pakistan. The 1971 war remains one of the most emphatic victories in our history. Officers and sailors, India believes in ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ to focus on cooperative measures for sustainable use of oceans,” President said.

President Kovind also underlined Indian Navy’s ‘Mission SAGAR’ and ‘Samudra  Setu’ “During  the  Covid-19  pandemic,  the  Indian  Navy  has  been  providing  aid  to friendly  nations  by  supplying  medicines  and  evacuating  stranded  Indian citizens  and  foreign  nationals  in  different  parts  of  the  world  under  these missions.”

 “The prompt and effective deployment of the Indian Navy in the times of crisis has underscored India’s vision of being the ‘Preferred Security Partner’ and ‘First Responder’ in the Indian Ocean Region. I am happy to note  that  the  Indian  Navy  is  becoming  increasingly  self-reliant  and  has  been  at  the  forefront  of  the  ‘Make  in  India’  initiative,” he added.

As 70 percent of the contents of  several  warships  and submarines  under  construction  in  various  public  and  private  shipyards across  the  country  are  indigenous, President Kovind said, “It is matter of great pride  that  India has  built  nuclear  submarines  and  soon  we  will  have  our  indigenously  built aircraft  carrier,  ‘Vikrant’,  joining  the  service.”

“I was  happy  to  inspect ‘Vikrant’  during  my  visit  to  Kochi  in  December  last  year.  The  development of  indigenous  naval  shipbuilding  capabilities  is  an  impressive  contribution to  the  making  of  an  ‘Atmanirbhar  Bharat’,” he said and conveyed his wishes for the  forthcoming  Multinational Naval  Exercise  —  MILAN  2022.


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