INS Vikrant: India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier

INS Vikrant: India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned the India’s first indigenously designed and made aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi.

PM Modi Modi has received the Guard of Honour after his arrival for the Commissioning ceremony of INS Vikrant in Kerala. A host of dignitaries including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Governor Arif Mohamad Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and top officials of Navy and Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) presented the event.

New Naval Ensign:

After the commissioning INS Vikrant Mr. Prime Minister has unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past on the occasion. The current Indian Naval Ensign is contained St. George’s Cross which is a red cross with white background.

Design and build of INS Vikrant:

India’s first indigenously aircraft carrier INS Vikrant has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited. Vikrant has been ready with state-of-the-art automation features.

The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) is named after her illustrious predecessor which was also the India’s first aircraft carrier that had played a vital role in the 1971 war.

Important points about INS Vikrant:

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is the 262-meter-long carrier which has a full displacement of close to 45,000 tonnes and it is much larger and more advanced than her predecessor.

Now India has been included in the list of selecting group of nations (the US, Russia, France, the UK and China) which having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an aircraft carrier.

IAC Vikrant comprises of 14 decks with 2,300 compartments that can carry around 1,500 sea warriors and to cater to the food requirements, around 10,000 chapattis or rotis are made in the ship’s kitchen, which is called the ship’s galley.

Maximum speed of INS Vikrant is 28 knots

Total cost of building carrier is around Rs.20, 000 crore

Question & Answer:

Q1. What is the name of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier that commissioned recently?

Ans. Indian Air Craft Vikrant

Q2. Who has commissioned historic and strategic important IAC Vikrant?

Ans. PM Narendra Modi

Q3. Which defence company has built India’s first indigenous air craft carrier Vikrant?

Ans. Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

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