Sunil Lanba Reviews INS Vikrant’s Progress

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Cochin: Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba On Thursday reviewed the progress of construction of the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier ‘Vikrant’ at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) here.

He was briefed about various construction activities related to the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, whose keel was laid in February 2009. The INS Vikrant, which was launched in August 2013 and undocked two years later, is in its final stage of construction at the CSL.

On his arrival, Admiral Lanba was received at the naval air station INS Garuda by Vice Admiral A R Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command, a Defence release said.

“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…,” it said.

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, the UK and France that are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers.

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