Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday handed over the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to the Navy. He also unveiled the new naval flag. Said that earlier there was a symbol of slavery on it, which we have removed. The new naval flag is dedicated to Shivaji.
Modi praised the engineers who built the aircraft carrier and said – the amount of cables and wires in this ship can reach Kashi from Kochi. He said that INS Vikrant is not just a warship, it is a floating city in the sea.
Modi had reached the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi at 9.30 am. Here he was given a guard of honour. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were present on the occasion.
3 biggest things of Modi…
1. This powerful picture of a strong India
Prime Minister Modi said, “It is a proud moment for Indians. This is an example of India’s talent. This is a powerful picture of a strong India. This nectar is incomparable nectar of the festival. It tells that nothing is impossible if you are determined. We are witnessing the rise of a new sun today. How much electricity does it generate? 5 thousand houses can be illuminated with it. It is equal to two football grounds. Cables and wires can start from Kochi and reach Kashi. These complexity exemplify the vitality of our engineers.”
2. New Navy flag dedicated to Shivaji
Modi said- Enemies used to tremble with Shivaji’s sea power. Today I dedicate the new Navy flag to Chhatrapati Veer Shivaji Maharaj. This new flag will strengthen the strength and self-respect of the Navy. Till now the Navy flag had a picture of slavery. We have removed this picture.
3. INS Vikrant infuses new confidence in India
Modi said – Vikrant is huge, it is special, it is proud. It’s not just warship. It is a testimony to the hard work, skill and diligence of 21st century India. Today India has joined the list of countries that can build such large ships with their technology. Today INS Vikrant has filled Indians with new confidence.
INS Vikrant reborn after 25 years
INS Vikrant was retired from the Navy on 31 January 1997. Now after almost 25 years, INS Vikrant is once again being reborn. In the 1971 war, INS Vikrant destroyed enemy positions in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Khulna in Bangladesh with its Seahawk fighter jets.
INS Vikrant capable of carrying 20 MiG-29 fighter jets
INS Vikrant is the largest warship built in the country. This aircraft carrier is capable of carrying 20 MiG-29 fighter jets. Its cost is about 20 thousand crore rupees. In the 1971 war, INS Vikrant with its Seahawk fighter jets destroyed enemy positions in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Khulna in Bangladesh.
Only 4 countries have the capacity to build 40 thousand tons of ships
Vikrant is an aircraft carrier weighing 40 thousand tonnes. Only the US, Russia, Britain and France in the world have the capacity to build aircraft carriers weighing 40 thousand and above. Vikrant is capable of carrying 20 MiG-29 fighters and ten helicopters. India has only one aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, after the retirement of INS Viraat in 2017.