India believes in security and growth for all in the Indian Ocean region: President Kovind after reviewing the naval fleet | India News

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VISAKHAPATNAM: India believes in security and growth for all in the region to focus on cooperative measures for sustainable use of oceans, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Monday as India’s naval power was on full display off Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
“Much of world trade passes through the Indian Ocean region. A significant portion of our commercial and energy needs are met by the oceans. The security of the seas and maritime commons therefore remains an essential requirement. Indian Navy’s constant vigilance, quick response to incidents and tireless efforts have been very successful in this regard,” President Kovind said after conducting the Naval Fleet Review in the Bay of Bengal after six long years. This is the 12th Fleet Review, the last having been conducted in 2016 under former President Pranab Mukherjee.
The President expressed his joy as the Indian Navy is becoming “increasingly self-sufficient and has been at the forefront of the ‘Make in India’ initiative”. “I am told that approximately 70% of the contents of several warships and submarines under construction at various public and private shipyards across the country are indigenous,” the president said, adding that “the excellent parade of ships, planes and submarines” showcased the professional skill and determination of the nation’s maritime services.
Sailing on the locally designed naval offshore patrol vessel, INS Sumitra, designated as the presidential yacht, Kovind reviewed 44 vessels, including newly inducted combat platforms, and the latest stealth destroyer INS Visakhapatnam anchored in four columns in the Bay of Bengal, in addition to receiving the solemn salute of each of them.
The theme for the President’s Fleet Review (PFR)-2022, hosted by the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), was Indian Navy – 75 years of service to the nation, commemorating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav .
This is the third time that a review has been carried out at Vizag Coast, the last edition being the International Fleet Review (IFR) in 2016. It is also the second time that President Kovind has visited the town of Vizag. He bestowed the Presidential Colors on the submarine arm of the Indian Navy which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in December 2017.
The President, embarked on INS Sumitra, inspected the fleet along with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhat, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and others.
The President was accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, Commander-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice-Admiral AB Singh, Commander-in-Chief Naval Command East, Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta and other officers. .
The President reviewed INS Vela, a Kalvari-class submarine, recently commissioned into the Indian Navy.
PFR-2022 gave an overview of the strength, capabilities and unit of purpose of the Indian fleet. In addition to the ships, there was a parade of sails, including two Laser Bahia, six Enterprise Class and six Indian Navy sailing ships Mhadei, Tarini, Bulbul, Hariyal, Kadalpura and Neelkanth.
Not just the waters, the skies over Vizag on Monday echoed the roaring sounds of fighter jets and helicopters making a column of overflights during the PFR. Rescue divers performed combat jumps from Advanced Light Helicopter Mk-I, demonstrating rapid rescue using a rescue basket. The ALH of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 322 in Kochi, known as the Guardians, is used in disaster relief, humanitarian aid and rescue operations.
Two INAS 551 Hawks, known as Phantoms, performed tactical maneuvers in Viper formation, while Naval and Dornier aircraft performed a composite flyover.
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