India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to be commissioned on 3rd September

Vice Admiral S.N Ghormade said that the commissioning of the aircraft carrier will be an “unforgettable” day as it will significantly enhance the country’s overall maritime capabilities. 

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INS Vikrant will be commissioned on 3rd September in a ceremony held in Kochi which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The commissioning of the indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will contribute to ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region”, Vice Chief of Indian Navy Vice Admiral SN Ghormade said on Thursday.

Vice Admiral S.N Ghormade said that the commissioning of the aircraft carrier will be an “unforgettable” day as it will significantly enhance the country’s overall maritime capabilities.

When the Vice Chief was asked about a third aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy, he responded by saying that there are deliberations on over it.

INS Vikrant is India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier and it was built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd in Kochi. Vikrant inherits its name from India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant which was purchased from the Royal Navy.

The ship contains more than 2,300 compartments, including specialised rooms for female officers, and is built for a crew of about 1700 people. Vikrant can go for over 7,500 nautical miles at a time and has a top speed of about 28 knots.

The aircraft carrier is 59 metres tall, 62 metres wide, and 262 metres long. Construction on it started in 2009. The ship, according to the Navy, has a top speed of 28 knots and is propelled by four gas turbines with a combined 88 MW of power.

The vessel can carry up to 30 aircraft which include fighter jets like Mig29-k and LCA (light combat aircraft) Navy. It can hold helicopters like the MH-60 Romeo, ALH and the Kamov-31.

The design of the ship was started in 1999, and in February 2009, the keel was laid. On December 29, 2011, the carrier was floated out of its dry dock, and on August 12, 2013, it was launched. After the ship’s sea trials began in August 2021, the basin trials were finished in December 2020.

with the help of INS Vikrant, the navy will be a step closer to its goal of becoming a blue water navy as it will be capable of carrying out operations far away from the Indian Ocean Region