National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 12 October 2017
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) visited Kochi on 12 Oct 17 to review the progress of construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)- “Vikrant” at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL), Kochi. On his arrival, he was received at the naval air station, INS Garuda by Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command.
At the shipyard, the CNS accompanied by the FOC-in-C (South) and other senior officials of the Navy took a walk around of the ship to get a firsthand appreciation of the progress of work onboard wherein he was briefed on the various construction activities. Later, the CNS had discussions with Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, CSL.
Keel of the IAC was laid in Feb 2009 and the ship was launched in Aug 2013. Work on the hull structure is nearing completion and outfitting activities on various equipment and systems are progressing at present.