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Vikrant undocks

The largest and the first indigenously-built, 40,642-tonne aircraft carrier (IAC) to be christened as INS Vikrant on commissioning was undocked on Jun 10 at a simple ceremony held at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).

Vikrant, weighing about 22,000 tonnes now, will continue to be outfitted for over a year and a half now before the basin and sea trials begin ahead of delivery
Vikrant, weighing about 22,000 tonnes now, will continue to be outfitted for over a year and a half now before the basin and sea trials begin ahead of delivery

The ship, being built at CSL, would be required to undergo a series of fitment and trial processes and tests before it becomes ready for propulsion and inducted into the Indian Navy. Major outfitting work of the ship would be undertaken in the coming months. Prior to its delivery to the Indian Navy, the ship has to undergo basin trials and extensive sea trials. The basic design of the IAC was done by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design.

The successful completion of aircraft carrier puts India in the elite group of four nations in the world who are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers. The other four countries are US, China, UK and France.

Almost 90 per cent of works below the fourth deck, all underwater works, is over
Almost 90 per cent of works below the fourth deck, all underwater works, is over

The ship has a length of over 860 feet/262 metres and breadth of 197 feet/60 metres. It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires, capable of operating Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) aircraft including the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), as well as a range of helicopters with hangar facilities.

The ceremony of undocking of Vikrant was witnessed by Commodore Kartik Subramaniam, Chairman and Managing Director CSL. Also present during the undocking function were other officials of the shipyard.

Vikrant will now undergo minor structural work and outfitting for the next 18 months
Vikrant will now undergo minor structural work and outfitting for the next 18 months