The Vikrant class indigenous aircraft carrier IAC-1, which is being built at Kochi, expected to be initiated into the Indian Navy by 2021 and will be allotted to Eastern Naval Command and will be based in Vishakapatnam, expressed Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of ENC, Karambir Singh.
He was communicating with the media on the evening of the Navy day on board Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri.
This aircraft carrier will give an edge to the eastern fleet and the Indian Navy will have two battle carrier groups- another one will be based at the western fleet with aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya heading it.
According to Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh, work is apace for the necessary infrastructural facility to dock the new aircraft carrier. INS Dega will also give as the base of the MIG29K fighter aircraft.
Referring to a question on running a fighter squadron from INS Dega, which is also used for commercial operation, he said, “We have to find workable time slots between commercial and military operations. We have been insisting that commercial flights, especially the international ones can be slotted during the night, when we do not have military operations. Moreover, we are also working on building a parallel runway at INS Dega,” he said.
Indian ocean accepting the increased presence of Chinese naval ships, the vice admiral expressed, the chinese presence has increased and as a counter measure, placing our ships all choke points such as Sunda Straits and Malacca Straits.
China was speedily expanding its fleet and to keep pace the Indian Navy has adopted the integrated construction concept. Speaking about this year’s Navy Day theme ‘Indian Navy- Mission Deployed and combat ready’, Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh gave and overview of all the acquirements of Indian Navy and ENC in particular during the year.