February 26, 2021
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Power projection
Indian Navy’s growing maritime capabilities The much awaited commissioning of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and its handing over to the Indian Navy as an Indian warship is all set to boost the Indian Navy’s endeavours to position itself as a robust blue water maritime force capable of taking care of Indian interests across the global oceanic waters while ensuring the maritime security of Indian mainland in all its manifestations. This 44,500 tonne Kiev class battle ship, formerly called Admiral Gorshkov, was inducted into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister A K Antony. “Carriers have been part of the Indian Navy since independence and have effectively served the country for over five decades. The induction of Vikramaditya with its integral MiG-29K fighters and Kamov-31 helicopters, not only reinforces this central policy but adds a dimension to the navy’s operational capability,” observed Antony while speaking at the commissioning ceremony. He also described INS Vikramaditya as the true symbol of the time tested special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia. On the other hand, Indian Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi drove home the point that  Vikramaditya  would bridge the  time gap  between the retirement of the ageing INS Viraat now in service with the Indian Navy and the under construction of the home grown carrier INS Vikrant. Joshi also noted that Vikramaditya would provi
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