- INS Vikrant to join Indian Navy
- PM Modi will hand over the largest ship to the country in Kerala
- The largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India
INS Vikrant: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand over the first indigenous aircraft carrier ie warship ‘INS Vikrant’ to the Navy on Friday. It is the largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India. Modi will commission the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant with indigenous state-of-the-art automatic equipment built at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore at the Cochin Shipyard. During the event, the Prime Minister will also unveil a ‘new naval flag (mark), which will be in line with the rich Indian maritime heritage, leaving behind the colonial past’. Vice Chief of Indian Navy Vice Admiral SN Ghormade had earlier said that INS Vikrant will contribute to ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
He said that the flight test on INS Vikrant will start in November, which will be completed by mid 2023. The MiG-29 jets will be operated from the warship for the first few years. The commissioning of INS Vikrant will be an important step towards India’s self-reliance in the defense sector. With the entry of Vikrant into service, India will join a select group of countries like the US, UK, Russia, China and France that have the capability to indigenously design and build an aircraft carrier, which is the government of India’s ‘Make in India’. India’ will be a real testament to the initiative. The warship has been built using indigenous equipment and machinery supplied by India’s leading industrial houses as well as over 100 Small, Cottage and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Why was the warship named Vikrant?
Along with Vikrant, India will have two aircraft carriers in service, which will strengthen the country’s maritime security. Designed by the Warship Design Bureau (WDB), an organization of the Indian Navy, and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the indigenous aircraft carrier is named after its illustrious predecessor ‘Vikrant’ of India’s first aircraft carrier. Who played an important role in the 1971 war. Vikrant means victorious and brave. The foundation of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) was laid by formal steel cutting in April 2005. A special type of steel is needed to make aircraft carriers, which is called Warship Grade Steel (WGS).
Taking forward the indigenization drive, the warship grade steel required for manufacturing the IAC was successfully manufactured in the country through Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in collaboration with Defense Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Indian Navy. After this, the work of the ship’s shell (framework) progressed and in February 2009, the construction of the ship’s pathan (nautal, keel) started i.e. the process of building the warship proceeded. Pathan is the basic living element at the bottom of the ship, with the help of which the entire structure is erected. The first phase of shipbuilding was completed in August 2013 with the successful launch of the ship. 262 m long and 62 m wide INS Vikrant can cover a range of 18 nautical miles to 7500 nautical miles.
The ship has approximately 2,200 rooms, designed for approximately 1,600 crew members. It includes special cabins to accommodate women officers and sailors. The aircraft carrier, designed with a very high degree of automation for machinery operation, ship navigation and survivability, is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and systems. The ship has a complete state-of-the-art medical complex with latest medical equipment facilities, including premier modular OTs (Operation Theatres), emergency modular OTs, physiotherapy clinics, ICUs, laboratories, CT scanners, X-ray machines, dental complex, isolation wards and Telemedicine facilities are included. It is capable of operating an air wing consisting of 30 aircraft including indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) besides MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 and MH-60R multi-role helicopters. Will happen.
What is the story behind the name of Indian Navy?
According to information available on the Indian Navy website, the Navy was renamed as ‘Royal Indian Navy’ on 2 October 1934, with its headquarters at Bombay (presently Mumbai). After the partition of the country after independence, the Royal Indian Navy was divided as the Royal Indian Navy and the Royal Pakistan Navy. When India became a republic on 26 January 1950, the word ‘Royal’ was dropped and the term ‘Indian Navy’ was adopted. The current design of the Navy is a white flag with two stripes of red horizontally and vertically. Also, the national emblem of India (Ashoka Pillar) is inscribed at the meeting point of both the strips. The PMO statement said that the Prime Minister is a strong supporter of self-reliance especially in strategic areas.
On Friday, 1600 crew members and other personnel worked hard to get Vikrant inducted into naval service on September 2. The painting and cleaning work is being done ahead of the high-profile program to induct the warship into the Navy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the program. The weight of this vessel is 45,000 tons. It is housed here at Cochin Shipyard Limited, where it is manufactured. More than 2,000 civilian and naval personnel are engaged in vigorous last-minute preparations across the region. On the other hand, a team of 100 Navy members has been seen practicing with their bands to give a ‘Guard of Honour’ to the Prime Minister.
What facilities are present inside the ship?
Lt Commander Vanjariya Harsha, aerospace medicine specialist of the indigenous aircraft carrier, said that medicines and surgery equipment will always be available on it for three months. The ship will have three kitchens, which will cater to the food needs of 1,600 crew members. The ship has been designed by the Navy’s Warship Design Bureau and built by the public sector shipyard Cochin Shipyard Limited. The vessel is 262 meters long and 62 meters wide and has a maximum speed of 28 knots. The Vikrant has about 2,200 compartments, which are for about 1,600 crew members, including women officers and sailors. Vikrant has successfully completed several phases of sea trials since August 21 last year.
The ship has all modern medical facilities like operation theatre, physiotherapy clinic, ICU, diagnostic facilities, CT scanner, X ray machine etc. According to the statement, the ship has the capacity to house 30 aircraft including fighter aircraft MiG-29K, Kamov-31, MH-60R multi-role helicopters as well as indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Light Combat Aircraft (LAC).
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