About fifty floating assets, including two submarines, and nearly 50 aircraft will participate in the Presidential Fleet Review (PRF) to be held on February 21 in Visakhapatnam.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces, will arrive in the city on February 20. He will review the fleet at anchor on February 21 from 9:30 a.m.
Although the presidential yacht has not yet been named, it is learned that one of the navy’s advanced Saryu-class offshore patrol vessels, such as Sunayna, Sumedha or Sumitra, is being renovated to accommodate the president. .
A convoy of three ships, all Saryu class, will pass the columns which will be flanked by at least 48 ships from all naval commands such as East, West, South and Andaman.
Two vessels from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), the Shipping Corporation of India and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will also participate.
The ships will line up in about four columns at the anchor point, which is about 8-10 km from the coast. Although not all ships will be visible, the first line of ships from the coast will be seen, a naval officer said.
The three-ship Presidential convoy, comprising the Presidential Yatch, the ship carrying media personnel, and a backup Presidential Yatch, will pass between the columns, and sailors and officers from each ship will line up on deck and give the President a salute and raise the slogan “Rashtrapati ki Jai”.
The ships will be dressed ceremonially and the ritual is called “Dressing Overall”. According to the ritual, all ships will have flags tied to the masts from bow to stern. The men will be dressed in their ceremonial dress and the ceremony which follows the passage of the President’s yacht is called “Man and cheer ship”.
Although the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has not yet published a list of participating ships, we learn that all the leading ships of their class, in all commands, will be there at anchor.
These could include INS Vikramaditya (aircraft carrier) and INS Visakhapatnam, the Visakhapatnam-class guided missile stealth destroyer.
Besides the steam parade, there will be a flypast of about 50 aircraft. All aircraft operating under the Indian Navy’s aviation wing will participate in the flypast, which includes the latest acquisition like the Mikoyan MiG-29K, Boeing P-8I Neptune and HAL Dhruv MKIII.
After the flypast, the Marine Commandos (Marcos) will give a demonstration on the anti-terrorist operation, a search and rescue exercise and a steam parade by some submarines.
After the exercise, the President will address the nation, which will mark the end of the review.
Later, the president will post a special envelope and postage stamp at the naval base to mark the occasion.