10 July 2015
PRESIDENT'S REVIEW OF THE FLEET 12.2.1984
PRESIDENT'S REVIEW OF THE FLEET. The review of the Nation's fleet of warships, by the Heads of the State, is a ceremonial occasion, originating many centuries ago. The earliest record available is that of the Review of the Royal Navy by King Edward III as early as in 1415. Originally, the Review was an opportunity for the Head of State to satisfy himself on the operational readiness of his ships to wage of war at sea. With the passage of time, Reviews were held to mark important events like a coronation, notable anniversaries, visits of important state guests etc. The Indian Navy is normally reviewed by the President, in his capacity as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, once during his tenure in office.
The se-tenant set is a composite picture depicting the three dimensional strike capability of the Indian Navy, silhouettes of an aircraft carrier and a vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft, a missile destroyer and a submarine. The three elements viz. the sky, the surface and the ocean depths are represented by a circular band in three shades of blue. The Naval Ensign is repeated in each of the four stamp of the se-tenant. The co-authors of the se-tenant are Captain Anil Dhir, IN and Sudarshan Dheer. The First Day Cover depicts a warship bristling with deadly weapons, the Naval Ensign fluttering proudly in the breeze and the naval crest. The cancellation is an adaptation of the logo of the President's Review representing "Power at Sea". Both the First day Cover and the cancellation have been designed by Commander S. Sekhar, IN.