India’s first ‘made-in-India’ Aircraft Carrier to be commissioned next year
India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) will be commissioned next year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. The Carrier will be christened INS Vikrant on commissioning. In a statement to the media after reviewing the progress made in the construction of the IAC, Singh described it as India’s pride and a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
“The project was originally approved by the NDA government and has made significant progress in recent past despite COVID-19. “Commissioning of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) next year will be a befitting tribute to 75 years of India’s independence”, Mr Singh said in the statement read out to the media.
Rajnath Singh, who reviewed Project Seabird at Karwar, which will be the largest naval base of the Indian Navy in future, and will provide the facilities and infrastructure to support the navy’s operations in the Indian Ocean Region and beyond, said the government is fully committed to a strong navy and these two projects are examples of our unwavering focus.
Rajnath Singh said the Indian Navy remains poised and combat ready to tackle any challenge. He said the Navy has also made significant contributions in the fight against COVID-19, bringing back Indian citizens from overseas during Op Samudra Setu-I, and much needed Liquid Medical Oxygen during Samudra Setu-lI, despite dangers of COVID-19 spread onboard warships.