India’s biggest warship enters service — Analysis
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the country’s first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, INS (Indian Naval Ship) Vikrant, on Friday.
The ship, worth US$2.5billion, was praised by him. “a manifestation of India’s glorious maritime tradition” and “a vibrant symbol of Indian pride.”
“So far, such aircraft carriers were only made by developed countries. India has taken a step towards being a developed country by being part of the league,”Modi spoke during the ceremony held in Kerala’s southern state.
It is now the most powerful warship India has ever built. A total of 30 aircraft will be operated by the ship’s air wing, which includes Russian-made MiG-29K fighter-jets, Ka-31 Early Warming Helicopters, and US MH-60R multi-role helicopters. Future homegrown aircraft are expected to be received by the ship, which is currently known as Advanced Light Helicopters and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
Modi also unveiled the new Naval Ensign, set to replace the current symbol, carried over from the colonial era and consisting of the St. George’s Cross. Modi also unveiled the new Naval Ensign, which will replace the current symbol that dates back to colonial times and consists of the St. George’s Cross. “landmark step”Which “will further national pride and rid our nation of colonial baggage,”He stated.
The new 262-meter, 43,000-ton warship has become the second aircraft carrier of the type in the Indian Navy’s fleet. INS Vikramaditya is another aircraft carrier in service. It was originally constructed as a Baku Kiev-class cruiser that carried aircraft back in the Soviet era.
INS Vikrant, which was laid down in 2009 and launched in 2013. It used to be known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 at that time (IAC-1). The ship received extensive, almost year-long sea trials and was finally fitted out. This vessel was named for the Indian Navy’s first plane, INS Vikrant. Originally, HMS Hercules, in Britain, was the original name.
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