IFR 2016 with international band concert at Vizag

Visakhapatnam: The International Fleet Review 2016 formally concluded on Monday evening with a joint international band concert at the Naval Officers' Institute in Vizag.

Navy personnel from 50 countries participated in the five-day IFR off the Vizag coast, which commenced on February 4.

Bands of the Navies of the participating countries and the host Indian Navy performed before Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, who was the chief guest, and others.

As per custom, the ships of visiting Navies would be given a send-off tomorrow. They would be escorted to the open seas on their way home, a Navy release said here.

International Fleet Review 2016 is an International Military Exercise hosted and conducted by Indian Navy with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and confidence with neighbouring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event.

The last International Fleet Review by Indian Navy was conducted in January 2001 at Mumbai.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau