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India President sails in warship, reviews naval fleet in Mumbai

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 20, IRNA -- After flying in frontline Sukhoi jet and riding a battle tank, President Pratibha Patil Tuesday set sail in a warship for the first time to review the mammoth naval fleet of the country.

Sailing on-board INS Subhadra, a naval off shore patrol vessel guarded by the elite Marine commandos, the President is reviewing a fleet of 81 ships and 44 aircraft as part of the 10th Presidential Fleet Review.

Donning a Navy cap, Patil sat on an elevated platform under a Navy emblem umbrella, created specially for the event on INS Subhadra.

The President is accompanied by Defence Minister A K Antony, the three service chiefs and four cabinet ministers on-board the warship, pti reported. Patil began the review by first sailing past the INS Agray- an anti-submarine patrol vessel. Patil, in response, stood up and saluted each of the ships.

Following the review of its fleet, navy will offer a brief glimpse of its air power by flying its fighter, transport and surveillance aircraft during the three-hour journey.

Patil had earlier created history by flying in a Sukhoi fighter jet and riding a battle tank of the Army.

To secure the sea for the event, Navy has turned Mumbai anchorage area and its western coast in a fortress by putting in place the highest level of security in recent times.

While 15 different naval and coast guard platforms have been deployed to guard the area, round-the-clock air surveillance is being done from INS Shikra.

Anti-missile batteries have been activated to tackle any threat and each participating ships in the review is being guarded by its own security detail.

Navy has also stopped all maritime traffic in the sea and Mumbai Police has put in place access control measures on roads leading to Mumbai dockyard for the event.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30722681

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