Kochi, Dec 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday scripted history by addressing the Combiners Combined Commanders' Conference onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, off Kochi coast.
The PM is on a two-day visit to Kerala with the Commanders' Conference in Kochi topping his agenda. The Southern Naval Command has been tasked with the mandate of conducting the conference with top officials landing at INS Garuda in the last two days.
As this initial report goes live on OneIndia, PM Modi has already undertaken a Tri-Services guard of honour at INS Garuda today morning.
SNC officials confirmed to OneIndia on Tuesday that the PM will be witnessing an operational demonstration of naval assets from INS Vikramaditya.
"Some of the field units will probably hear the PM for the first time via our highly secured military network," a top SNC official said.
As reported by OneIndia earlier, the Service Chiefs, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, Army, Navy and Indian Air Force are in attendance onboard the ship.
Modi will also be briefed about various military matters during the event. He becomes the first PM of India to hold this high profile military conference onboard an aircraft carrier and outside Delhi as well.
INS Vikramaditya is commanded by Captain Krishna Swaminathan, who took charge recently.
The event is being held outside Delhi after the PM mooted the idea last year to hold it henceforth at operational bases, including ships.
Photos courtesy: TV grab from Doordarshan