Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday reviewed the construction of the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier – Vikrant, at the Cochin Shipyard. The Navy expects the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier to be fully operational by 2019.
Admiral Lanba took stock of the various construction activities related to Vikrant – named after India’s first aircraft carrier that was acquired from the UK in 1961. “At the shipyard, the CNS (chief of Naval staff) accompanied by the FOC-in-C (South) and other senior officials of the Navy took a walk around of the ship to get a first hand appreciation of the progress of work onboard,” a Defence release stated.
The ship, which is designed to survive attack by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, puts India in the elite group of nations like the US, Russia, UK and France that are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers.
Source : Zee News India