A commemorative postage stamp on the International Fleet Review 2016 (IFR 2016), an international maritime exercise hosted and conducted by the Indian Navy in Vizag :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 6, 2016
Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to release a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of International Fleet Review 2016.
Stamp / FDC / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.602 million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- A Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition of navies world-over. The Review was conceived as a show of naval might and readiness for battle. In India, ten Reviews have been held so far, with the first in 1953 and the latest in 2011. The Review aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy‘s preparedness, its high moral and discipline.
- Assembling of warships without any belligerent intentions is now the norm. Leading nations of the world, occasionally invite their maritime neighbours, to participate with their ships in the review. Normally called ‘International Fleet Review‘, the event then allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and mutual trust amongst maritime nations.
- The only previous International Fleet Review in India was conducted in February 2001, off Mumbai. This earned the country widespread appreciation and goodwill. On 06th February 2016, the President of India, is scheduled to review the fleet of participating Indian and foreign warships off Vishakhapatnam. The International Fleet Review 2016 logo depicts the 3 operating dimensions of the Navy, with a ship, submarine and an aircraft, and also letters I-F-R form an integral part of the logo. The Dolphin has been chosen as the mascot, depicting friendship across oceans, and the theme is ‘United through Oceans‘.
- The President of India being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, once in his term, reviews the Indian Naval Fleet as part of the ‘President’s Fleet Review‘ (PFR). This review aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, its high morale and discipline. Many leading nations of the world use the opportunity provided by a Fleet Review to enhance mutual trust and confidence with their maritime neighbours and partners by inviting their ships to participate in the Review. Normally called the ‘International Fleet Review’ (IFR), this event then provides the host nation an occasion to display its own naval prowess, and the bridges of friendship and trust it has built with other maritime nations. Owing to the many military-diplomatic benefits it accrues to the nation, the Indian Navy is conducting an International Fleet Review 2016, at Vishakhapatnam.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.