(PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s first in-house built and constructed aviation transporter INS Vikrant here on Friday which placed India in a elite group of nations with the capability to construct such massive warships.
The Prime Minister gave the commission to the vessel, constructed at the cost of Rs 20000 crore, during an event held by Cochin. Cochin Shipyard Limited here.
When Vikrant was commissioned, Vikrant, India joined a selected group of nations with the ability to independently develop and construct an air carrier.
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The ceremony took place in the presence of a variety of dignitaries such as the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Kerala Governor Arif Mohamad Khan, Chief Minister of the state Pinarayi Vijayan, Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and the top officials of the Navy as well as Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).
Modi presented an official plaque in celebration of the induction ceremony of INS Vikrant which is named after its predecessor who played a pivotal role in the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and was incorporated into the Navy.
The vehicle is outfitted with the latest technology.