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Chief of the Naval Staff Reviews Progress of Vikrant

October 2017
 

Admiral Sunil Lanba being received by Vice Admiral AR Karve
Admiral Sunil Lanba being received by Vice Admiral AR Karve

Kochi, October 12, 2017: Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) visited Kochi on October 12, 2017 to review the progress of construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)- “Vikrant” at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL), Kochi.

On his arrival, he was received at the naval air station, INS Garuda by Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command.

At the shipyard, the CNS accompanied by the FOC-in-C (South) and other senior officials of the Navy took a walk around of the ship to get a firsthand appreciation of the progress of work onboard wherein he was briefed on the various construction activities. Later, the CNS had discussions with Mr Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, CSL.

Keel of the IAC was laid in Feb 2009 and the ship was launched in Aug 2013. Work on the hull structure is nearing completion and outfitting activities on various equipment and systems are progressing at present.

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