Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits INS Kochi to review construction progress of IAC
Singh was at INS Kochi in Kerala to review the progress of construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC).
Kochi: Praising the role played by the Indian Navy during the ongoing India-China border standoff in Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Navy’s proactive forward deployment during the Galwan Valley faceoff signalled India’s intent that it seeks peace but is also ready for any eventuality in protecting its sovereignty and integrity.
Singh was at INS Koch in Kerala to review the progress of construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) and while addressing the naval officers and sailors he said, “It was a pleasure to review first-hand, the work being done on the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, which is India's pride and a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Within weeks, the Indian Navy had deployed its frontline warship in the South China Sea after the Galwan valley violent clash on June 15 in eastern Ladakh. The move had irked Beijing and raised its displeasure over the decision during the talks between the two sides.
Talking about Indo-Pacific region, where China is flexing muscles which causes concern among the neighbouring countries, Singh called for an open and inclusive order in the region based upon respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.
“Our efforts are in alignment with the Prime Minister's Vision of SAGAR, or Security and Growth for All in the Region, and the wider goal of a Free, Open and Inclusive Indo-Pacific, to ensure peace and stability in the region,” the minister said.
On commissioning of indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, he said, “The project was originally approved by the NDA Govt. and has made significant progress in recent past despite COVID. Commissioning of the IAC next year will be a befitting tribute to 75 years of India's independence.”
Stating that the government is fully committed to a strong Navy, he said the two projects, including development of INS Karwar naval base and IAC are examples of the government’s unwavering focus.”
“The combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence of our country and help secure India's interests in the maritime domain,” he added.
On Aatmanirbhar Bharat he said, “Our impetus to modernisation, harnessing India's indigenous industry and know-how, is a key priority. 42 of the 44 warships on order being built at Indian shipyards is a testimony to this.”
“The IAC boasts of nearly 75% indigenous content, from design, to steel used in construction, to key weapons and sensors. DAC has also recently accorded approval for RFP of Project 75-I under the Strategic Partnership model,” Singh added.
Singh is on a two-day visit to INS Karwar in Karnataka and INS Kochi in Kerala to review the progress of work.
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