First Day Cover – President’s Fleet Review, Mumbai – By India Post
The PFRs are only next to the Republic Day parade where the Supreme Commander reviews the combined strength of all the three services. Inherited from the Royal British Navy, PFR takes place once during the tenure of a President.
So far nine such reviews, including the International Fleet Review (IFR) in 2001, have taken place. Dr Rajendra Prasad reviewed the first PFR in October 1953. In 1956 and 1964, the reviews were carried out by the Shah of Iran and by then Defence Minister Y B Chavan, respectively.
Presidents Dr Zakir Hussain, N Sanjiva Reddy and Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma did not review the fleet during their tenure. The last fleet review was conducted by President A P J Abdul Kalam in 2006 at the Eastern Sea Board in Visakhapatnam.
Date Of Issue:-19.12.2011.
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