Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that INS Vikrant is an example of the Indian government’s drive to make its defense sector self-sufficient and has made the country part of the select group of nations that can manufacture aircraft carriers locally. .
Modi also unveiled the new Indian Navy ensign which drops the Cross of St. George and incorporates the royal seal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Addressing a large gathering at the commissioning ceremony of INS Vikrant, Modi said that with the new sign, the country has shaken off its colonial past.
Until today Indian Navy flags carried a slavery sign which was replaced with a new one inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, he said.
Modi also talked about some features of the carrier – which he described as a floating airfield, a floating city – and said the electricity generated there can light up 5,000 homes.
“INS Vikrant is not just a war machine, but proof of India’s skills and talent. She is special, different,” Modi said, highlighting the indigenization efforts behind the huge vessel. , including the steel used in its manufacture.
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