VISAKHAPATNAM: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will lay wreath at the Victory At Sea War Memorial on the Beach Road and pay homage to the martyrs, marking the launch of the international event. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, Eastern Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral Satish Soni, commanding officers of visiting foreign naval ships will also pay their respects.
Later, Naidu will inaugurate the Maritime Exhibition (MAREX), on the theme ‘Innovation, Youth and Indigenisation’, echoing Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’ at the Andhra University Engineering College grounds. Various Indian industries and organisations have already set up an array of 74 stalls showcasing the self-reliance of Indian Navy. A thematic light and sound show depicting the roles on Indian Navy both in war and peace, will be an added attraction. Stalls under the categories of float, move and fight have been set up by the public sector and private firms showcasing the innovation, indigenisation and potential of the Indian youth.
With about 100 craft stalls, IFR Village has been established adjacent to the Maritime Exhibition offering a variety of art works, including live stalls, showcasing craftsmanship and displaying art works in wood, pottery and handloom. The village will showcase the rich cultural heritage of India with its diverse traditions and cultures. Live craftsmanship in saree weaving and bamboo work will be on display. There will be food courts serving delicacies from across the country besides a daily cultural show at the venue. It will remain open to public till Feb 10.