PM Modi commissions India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant into the forces – ET Government

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday commissioned the first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant into the navy. During the event, the Prime Minister also unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said: “Today, here on the coast of Kerala, every Indian is witnessing the sunrise of a new future. This event being held on the INS Vikrant is a tribute to the rising spirits of India on the world horizon.”

The Prime Minister exclaimed “Vikrant is huge, massive, and vast. Vikrant is distinguished, Vikrant is also special. Vikrant is not just a warship. This is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of India in the 21st century. If the goals are distant, the journeys are long, the ocean and the challenges are endless – then India’s answer is Vikrant. The incomparable Amrit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is Vikrant. Vikrant is a unique reflection of India becoming self-reliant.”

He said “today, India has joined those countries in the world, which manufacture such a huge aircraft carrier with indigenous technology. INS Vikrant has filled the country with a new confidence.” The Prime Minister acknowledged and praised the contribution of the Navy, engineers of Cochin Shipyard, scientists and specially the workers who worked on the project.

Every part of INS Vikrant has its own merits, a strength, a development journey of its own. It is a symbol of indigenous potential, indigenous resources and indigenous skills. The steel installed in its airbase is also indigenous, developed by DRDO scientists and produced by Indian companies, he said. Explaining the massive proportions of the carrier, the Prime Minister said it is like a floating city. It produces electricity that is sufficient to power 5,000 households and the wiring used will reach Kashi from Kochi, he said. He said that INS Vikrant is a living embodiment of the spirit of the Panch Prans that he proclaimed from the ramparts of Red Fort.

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Governor Kerala Arif Mohammad Khan, Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sarbananda Sonowal, V. Muraleedharan, Ajay Bhat, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, Chief of Naval Staff R. Hari Kumar were among those present on the occasion.



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