New Delhi, Sep 2 (EFE) .- India launched its first aircraft carrier this Friday in an Asian country about Indian ambitions.
The mammoth construction, built under a “Made in India” policy by public shipbuilder Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), was launched by India’s prime minister, Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, at a ceremony in the coastal state of Kerala.
With this, “India has entered the list of countries that can build warships of this scale with indigenous technology. Vikrant has instilled a new hope,” the Prime Minister said during the event.
“Vikrant is huge, grand, grand. Vikrant is unique, Vikrant is special. Vikrant is not just a warship,” marveled Modi, praising the ship, which was built at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. Independence from the British Empire.
Described as a “floating city”, the warship is capable of generating enough electricity to power 5,000 homes and, according to Modi, the wiring will help connect the city of Kochi in India’s extreme south with Varanasi. , the spiritual capital of Hinduism, is 2,500 kilometers in the north of the country.
The Indian Navy today unveiled a new naval ensign, replacing the St George’s Cross on the naval ensign, with a blue octagon patterned after the ancient royal seal of Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji, who created the naval wing of the navy, a reminder of British influence. It ruled the Indian subcontinent.
“Until now, the flag of the Indian Navy had the symbol of slavery. But from today, with the inspiration of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the new flag of the Navy will fly in the sea and in the sky,” Modi introduced the new logo. .
The Mighty Vikrant
The massive ship, which was handed over to the Indian Defense Ministry a month ago, is named after its predecessor, INS Vikrant (1961), India’s first aircraft carrier, which played a key role in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
“The rebirth of Vikrant is a true testament to the country’s passion and interest in developing capabilities to enhance maritime security,” the Defense Ministry said after commissioning the aircraft carrier in late July.
The new carrier, almost 15 years late, was much larger and more advanced than its predecessors, with a length of 262 meters and a full design displacement of nearly 45,000 tonnes.
According to its characteristics, the ship is capable of operating an air force of 30 aircraft, including, among others, MIG-29K and Kamov-31 fighter jets, MH-60R multirole helicopters and light helicopters used by Indians. Armed Forces.. EFE
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