Sri Lanka Navy’s Flag Ship, SLNS Sayura, which is in India along with a 275 strong Sri Lankan delegation led by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, took part in the International Fleet Review (IFR) organized by the Indian Navy (IN) at Visakhapatnam off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.
The Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, who is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, inspected the ships along with the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on board the Presidential Yacht INS Sumitra on 06th February 2016. They also reviewed the fly past led by the Indian naval air arm featuring 15 formations of 45 IN aircraft, including two formations from the Indian Coast Guard.
Ninety-five ships including 24 foreign warships from 50 countries and 4,000 sailors are participating in the second IFR organized by the Indian Navy parading 71 of its war ships. Along with the Sri Lanka Navy the Navies of the US, China, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Canada, Russia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Brazil are participating in the four-day naval extravaganza held under the theme “United through Oceans”.