Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the INS Vikramaditya today and dedicated it to the nation. The 44,500 tonne warship, India’s biggest, procured from Russia at a cost of 15,000 crores, joined the Indian Navy in November last year. This is the first time the ship was on display to the public. The PM went aboard the ship on a Sea King chopper, was welcomed by Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and was given a Guard of Honor salute.
“It’s a moment of pride for me to understand the functioning and know its power, Why should we import defence equipment? We must be self-sufficient,” said the PM dedicating the ship.
The PM saw various naval power displays while aboard the ship. INS Viraat accompanied the ship, along with 11 other ships; MiG 29K, Sea Harriers, P 8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft, TU 142M and IL-38SD maritime surveillance planes along with Kamov and Sea King helicopters participated in the maneuvers.
The PM has also witnessed take-off and arrestor wire landing operations and high-speed low-level operations of the MiG 29K integral fighters on board the flight deck of INS Vikramaditya. Modi sat in the cockpit of MIG 29K and learned about the signalling systems, speed details and other maneuvers followed by pilots of these fighter jets.
Employing 1600 to 2000 people, the ship can generate it’s own power which is equal to light up a small town, it has short takeoff capable air crafts, 284 meters long, 22 storeys tall, the ship can last 45 days in the sea when filled with provisions. Naval power is very important to reclaim dominance in the Indian ocean where the designs of China have been very aggressive in the recent times. He will monitor high speed maneuvers of Western Fleet ships. 11 Indian naval ships will go along Vikramaditya when the PM travels on the warship. Indian Navy has played big role for India, especially during Bangladesh liberation against the US Navy.