Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to the nation on Saturday, June 14. He also emphasizes the country to make self-reliant in developing defence equipment, flaking dependency on imports.
The prime minister reached on board the Russian-built aircraft carrier by a Sea King chopper and was welcomed with an official guard of honour by the navy. “It is an important day for our nation,” Modi said in comments. “It is a golden day in Indian Navy’s history. For me, it is a matter of pride and happiness that INS Vikramaditya is joining the Navy. It is a historic step.”
This huge air-craft carrier was handed to India by the Russia, who is traditionally the largest and most reliable supplier in defence equipment’s, in November.
The Prime Minister also assured to establish a War Memorial for those who sacrificed their lives for the nation. He also said that his government has come with a willpower and was dedicated to implement the “One Rank, One pension” scheme for defence staffs.
The prime minister was accompanied by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Defence Secretary R K Mathur and Naval Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan.
About INS Vikrmaditya
The deal for the aircraft carrier was signed during the previous NDA regime in 2004.
The ship has a displacement of 45,000 tonnes.
The maximum speed of 32 knots and an endurance of 13,500 nautical miles (25,000 km) at a cruising speed of 18 knots.
Vikramaditya, a moving airfield, has an overall length of about 284 metres.
The ship has a total of 22 decks and carries 1,600 personnel.