INS Vikrant docks at Karwar Naval Base

For the first time, India’s Indian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant docked at the strategically important Karwar Naval Base on Saturday.

The Indian Navy described the aircraft carrier’s docking at the base as a “milestone” in relation to the ship berth capacity of the newly constructed facility.

“The INS Vikrant’s docking at the new aircraft carrier pier in a two-deck configuration offering enhanced ship support facilities is a first of its kind for the Indian Navy and represents a significant infrastructural achievement,” said a Navy spokesman.

Last September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the first Indian-built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, placing the country among an elite group of nations capable of producing aircraft carriers above the 40,000-ton class.

The Navy had said the aircraft carrier could play a role in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Indian Navy is expanding the strategically important naval base in the Karwar of Karnataka as part of the “Seabird” project.

Once fully operational, the base will be one of the largest naval bases in Asia.

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