NEW DELHI – President Obama is sending warships to India!
President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday. Ahead of his visits he has sent 34 U.S. warships to India.
Obama will be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.
Arrangements have been put in place for emergency evacuation, if needed.
In another odd twist, Obama has also sent Bat Boy to India along with the warships. “Bat Boy is an American icon, a leader of the people of this country. He will be on the lead warship – in case things start going south, we’ll need somebody who can deliver a shellacking.’”
Obama is expected to fly by a helicopter — Marine One — from the city airport to the Indian Navy’s helibase INS Shikra at Colaba in south Mumbai.
From there, he will drive down in Lincoln Continental — the Presidential limousine — to the nearby the Taj Hotel. For the first time in the history of the country, the President will be posting his entire minute-by-minute itinerary on the whitehouse.gov web site.
“He’s sending warships to India for protection and then he tells everybody where he will be. That’s crazy! He’s giving any possible terrorist the information they need. What are they smoking at the White House,” said security expert Tom Hillstrom.
Two jets, armed with advanced communication and security systems, and a fleet of over 40 cars will be part of Obamas convoy.
Around 800 rooms have been booked for the President and his entourage in Taj Hotel and Hyatt. Bat Boy will be getting a suite right next to President Obama.
The President will have a security ring of American elite Secret Service, which are tasked to guard the President, along with National Security Guards (NSG) and personnel from central paramilitary forces and local police in Mumbai and Delhi.
Similar arrangements will be in place in Delhi, with the Air Force One to be kept in all readiness throughout Obama’s stay here from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning.
Maurya Hotel, where the President will stay, has already been swarmed by American security personnel and protective measures have been put in place.
Security drills are already been carried out at the hotel as well as Rajghat which he will visit.