INS Vikrant, India’s first home-built aircraft carrier, formally commissioned today after completing almost a year of sea trials. The 45,000-tonne warship built at a cost of ₹ 20,000 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning commissioned the first indigenous aircraft carrier. INS Vikrant in a ceremony at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi.
Ahead of the commissioning, PM Modi received the Guard of Honour at the Shipyard recieved a Guard of Honour. As he arrived for the Commissioning ceremony.
Designe by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited. A Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Vikrant built with state-of-the-art automation features. And is the largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India.
The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is name after her illustrious predecessor. India’s first aircraft carrier, which play a vital role in the 1971 war.
It has a large amount of indigenous equipment involving major industrial houses in country over 100 MSMEs.
With the commissioning of Vikrant India will have two operational aircraft carriers which will bolster the maritime security of the nation.
As per the Indian Navy, the 262-meter-long carrier has a full displacement of close to 45,000 tonnes which is more advanced than her predecessor.
India’s First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier
The ship has a large number of indigenous equipment, involving major industrial houses in the country viz. BEL, BHEL, GRSE, Keltron, Kirloskar, Larsen & Toubro, Wartsila India etc.
The indigenisation efforts have also led to the development of ancillary industries, besides the generation of employment opportunities, bolstering plough back effect on the economy both locally as well as pan India.
A major spin-off of this is the development and production of indigenous warship-grade steel for the ship through a partnership between the Navy, DRDO and Steel Authority of India (SAIL),
which has enabled the country to become self-sufficient with respect to warship steel.
China has been aggressively expanding its strength at sea.
Recent satellite images sourced by NDTV indicate that China’s naval base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, is now fully operational and supports warships deployed in the Indian Ocean region. India also worried recently when a Chinese “spy” ship docked in Sri Lanka.