April 18, 2021
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Cautious expansion
Naval infrastructure and modern technology

While operational plans of the Indian Navy suffered a major setback with two accidents, one in the boiler room of the INS Vikramaditya (Gorshkov) aircraft carrier being acquired from Russia during sea trials in the Black Sea and the horrendous fire in the INS Sindhurakshak submarine while tethered in Mumbai harbor, the onshore infrastructural developments indicate a rising tide of self-reliance in warship construction and the sustained ability to support long-range operations.

The submarine will have to be written off given the extensive damage to its hull by the collapse of beams and bulkheads. The aircraft carrier’s arrival in India has been delayed by several months and could happen only in 2014.
It is leaving the INS Viraat to be so husbanded that its full potential can be utilized in case operations become necessary on either side of the Indian peninsular seaboard. The collateral damage sustained by another submarine tied alongside the Sindurakshak at the time of the fire adds to the general discomfort caused by a shrinking submarine fleet.
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