Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Kochi on Thursday, will visit the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) today to review the progress of the construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier(IAC) there. The Carrier will be christened INS Vikrant on commissioning.
“Commissioning of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier next year will be a befitting tribute to 75 years of India’s Independence. Combat reach of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in defence of the country and help secure India’s interest in the maritime domain,” Rajnath Singh said during his visit.
The Defence Minister was accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambhir Singh. The IAC, which is at an advanced stage of construction and is scheduled to commence the Sea Trials in the forthcoming months, has been designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and is being built at the CSL.
The ship had completed Basin Trial in November 2020 – proving the propulsion and power generation systems of the ship in the harbour.
According to a defence release, Singh will also visit a few important training establishments of the Southern Naval Command and will be briefed on important ongoing training and operational activities being undertaken by the Command.
Rajnath visits Karwar Naval Base
On Thursday, Rajnath Singh had visited the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka and reviewed the progress of ongoing infrastructure development under ‘Project Seabird’.
The Defence Minister expressed confidence that the Indian Navy will become one of the top three Navies in the world in the coming years and continue to play a crucial role in protecting the nation.
Lauding the efforts of the Indian Navy for providing humanitarian assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Singh said it has not only helped the country but also provided assistance to various nations across the world.
“From rescuing stranded Indian nationals from affected countries to ferrying in critical equipment, including oxygen cylinders, from abroad, Indian Navy has worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. It also extended assistance to various countries,” he had said.