INS Vikrant, the largest ship ever built in India’s maritime history is named aptly after its predecessor INS Vikrant, which was India’s first Aircraft Carrier.
The commissioning of INS Vikrant today by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a defining moment. This will also be accompanied by the unveiling of the new ensign (NISHAAN) of the Indian Navy.
The first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant has been named after its predecessor, India’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, which served the Indian Navy for 36 long years and played a very important part in the 1971 war.
Transformation from a buyers to a builders Indian Navy.
A proud custodian of the maritime history of India, the Indian Navy will now get its indigenous large aircraft carrier (LAC) INS Vikrant. Designed and built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kerala, the LAC INS Vikrant cost Rs. 20,000 Crore and 13 years to built.
Work on INS Vikrant began in February 2009. After 4 and half years, in August 2013, the ship (still under work in progress) was placed in the waters. The basin trial of INS Vikrant began on November 2020 and the sea trial was completed in July 2022. Cochin Shipyard handed over the mammoth INS Vikrant to the Indian Navy, catapulting the elite maritime force to the niche club of the global Naval powers and facilitate India’s standing as a “Blue Water Navy” with capabilities to operate in the deep seas.
Interesting facts about INS Vikrant
The new Naval Ensign
The Indian Navy came into existence during the British reign of India. Since then the ensign of the Indian Navy has undergone many amendments, but all the designs carried a flavor of the colonial times. However, the new ensign of the Indian Navy carries no such sign. The new ensign carries the Indian National Tricolor along with a seal that has been shaped on the seal of Maharaj Shivaji, one of the earliest maritime warriors.