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Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviews sea trials of IAC

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Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviews sea trials of IAC
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Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviews sea trials of IAC
Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviews sea trials of IAC

KOCHI: The central minister of ports, shipping and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the progress of the sea trials of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) at sea on Sunday. The ship, which will be christened as INS Vikrant post commissioning, had sailed out of Kochi for the second sea trials on 24 October.
The minister landed on the IAC in a helicopter on Sunday. After reviewing the sea trials, the minister impressed upon Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), which constructs the ship for the Navy, to ensure timely delivery of the ship by April 2022 to realise its commissioning by August 2022 as part of the commemoration of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (75 years of India’s independence).
During the second phase of sea trials, detailed trials and testing of propulsion machinery, electrical & electronics suites, deck machinery, life-saving appliances and ship systems are being progressed. Around 2000 officials, including those of the Navy and CSL, are onboard the ship presently for the sea trials, which will last for nearly two weeks.
The maiden sea trials of the ship were successfully undertaken earlier in August, during which the ship’s performance including hull, main propulsion, PGD and auxiliary equipment was found satisfactory. The IAC is designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND).
With the delivery of IAC, India would join a select group of nations with the capability to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier, which will be a real testimony to the ‘Make in India’ thrust of Govt. of India.

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