Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his visit of Army establishments with a trip to newly acquired aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya next week. Vikramaditya came to India recently in December from Russia. It is the largest and most powerful warship of the Indian army. The aircraft carrier’s operational capabilities will be displayed during the PM’s visit, which will be a first public display of the warship that cost India over 12,000 crores.
The PM has also expressed interest in visiting the northern and eastern borders of the Country, for which the schedules are being worked out. The eastern borders have concerns of sealing the Bangladeshi incursions, while the northern border’s Siachen glacier, is a point of focus between India and Pakistan.
In a connected development, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has visited the Western Naval Command today and checked upon the battle readiness of the fleet. He went aboard the INS Viraat accompanied by new Naval Chief Robin Dhowan. He spoke about the accidents the Navy has suffered in the recent times. Sindhurakshak witnessed a blast inside last August killing 18 sailors and had been salvaged later. Jaitley said that the procurement of resources and strengthening of army will be a priority.