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Presidential Fleet Review in Mumbai tomorrow

The Navy will showcase its fleet at the Presidential Fleet Review 2011 to be held off the Mumbai coast on Tuesday. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will take the salute from warships and aircraft at the event, which is considered as the naval version of the armed forces' grand display on Republic Day.

The 81 warships to be displayed will include the country's lone aircraft carrier INS Viraat, Shivalak and Talwar class frigates, Kilo-class submarines and 10 vessels of the Coast Guard.

British tradition

Continuing with a tradition of the British Navy, the President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, will be on board a presidential yatch that would set sail from the naval dockyard between row of ships on either side of the 20 square nautical mile designated area.

Besides, the Navy and the Coast Guard, the Fleet Review will also see the participation of three merchant vessels, Sea Cadet Corps and 44 aircraft, including the Navy's latest acquisition, the MiG29K, which will take part in the fly-past.

Barring the 2006 edition of the Fleet Review that took place off the coast of Visakhapatnam, till date all such events since the first in 1953 have been held near Mumbai.

The Fleet Review is done once during the tenure of the President. But Zakir Hussain, Neelam Sanjeev Reddy and Shankar Dayal Sharma did not review it.

Lights on today

While the ships will be dressed for the occasion, on the eve of the event all the ships will switch on garland lights to illuminate and accentuate the contours of the armada.

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