[Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 25, 2017. ]
New Delhi: A 149-member UAE military contingent took part in India's Republic Day parade here on Thursday, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan watching as the Chief Guest.
The United Arab Emirates' was the first marching contingent and marked the start of the annual colourful parade down the Rajpath.
They presented a ceremonial salute to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
The contingent comprised of the UAE Presidential Guard, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army and 35 musicians. Leading it was Lt Col Abood Musabeh Abood Musabeh Alghfeli.
This is the second time a foreign military contingent took part in India's Republic Day parade.
Earlier in the day, the national capital was owrapped in an unprecedented security cover with thousands of security force personnel keeping a hawk-eye vigil to ward off any terror strike or untoward incident during the 68th Republic Day celebrations
Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters were deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort besides nearby localities.
Elaborate air defence measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, were also put in place to secure the air space
Nearly 60,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and Central security forces have been deployed in Central Delhi. Police is also using counter-drone technology to thwart any attack or identify any suspicious flying object, a senior police officer said.