Vishakhapatnam. 07 February,2016. “I am privileged to visit Visakhapatnam. The city has a special place in the heart of all Indians. My last visit to Vishakhapatnam was in October of 2014. At that time, Cyclone Hudhud had left the city shattered in pieces. But, the people of Vishakhapatnam smiled in the face of adversity. It is a tribute to the city that within 14 months, you have risen against all odds to welcome the Navies from across the continents in this International Fleet Review, ” said an elated Prime Minister Narendra Modi,while attending IFR 2016 at the city of destiny-Vizag.
The Prime Minister releasing the Photo Essay book on Maritime Heritage of India, at the International Fleet Review
For me personally, witnessing the harmony among the best of International Navies here has been a rewarding experience, he said. “The oceans and world’s waterways are global commons. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam– the concept of whole world as a family – is perhaps most vividly
witnessed on the oceans of the planet, that connect us all. The last time India hosted the International Fleet Review was in the year 2001, in the city of Mumbai. The world of 2016 is vastly different. Its politics is turbulent, and its challenges complex. At the same time, the oceans are lifelines of global prosperity. They present us with great economic opportunities to build our nations. Over 90% of global merchandise trade is carried on the oceans. Over the last 15 years, its value has grown from about 6 trillion dollars to about 20 trillion dollars. The threat of sea borne terror, of which India has been a direct victim, continues to endanger the regional and global peace and stability. Piracy too remains a strong challenge. The threat of natural disasters like tsunamis and cyclones is ever present. Manmade problems such as oil spills, climate change continue to risk the stability of the maritime domain. A peaceful and stable maritime environment is, therefore, critical for the regional and global security. It is also a must to harvest the riches of the oceanic ecosystems,” he added.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi witnessing the fly-past at the International Fleet Review-2016, at Visakhapatnam on February 07, 2016.
“Make in India”
, which has re-ignited our manufacturing sector is one such initiative. Defence manufacturing and ship building are among its focus areas. We want to invite the world to Make in India
, Make for India, and Make for the World. We take pride in the fact that of all the Indian Naval ships participating in this Fleet Review, at least 37 are“Made in India”
– a number that will surely rise in the coming years, ” Modi reiterated.
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