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India Launches 1st Indigenous Aircraft Carrier For Sea Trials

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On Wednesday, India’s first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier has set sail for its maiden sea trials. The Twitter account of the Indian Navy shared a video of the 262-metre aircraft carrier, dubbed Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1), heading to sea for trials. The navy described the moment as a ‘historic and proud’ day for the country, which has invested vast resources in Indian-made technology.

The navy stated that there will be more sister ships on the way. It also added that the IAC-1 is taking to the waters for its maiden sea trials 50 years after its soon-to-be predecessor played a pivotal role in securing victory in 1971 Indo-Pakistani war. Once commissioned, the vessel will then be named INS Vikrant, meaning ‘stepping beyond’, after its predecessor.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard on this historic feat.

The Indian Navy also posted a video of the IAC-1.

Take a look at the photographs of the aircraft carrier:

Sea Trials of Indian AIrcraft Carrier IAC - 1
Source: Twitter
Sea Trials of Indian AIrcraft Carrier IAC - 1
Source: Twitter
Sea Trials of Indian AIrcraft Carrier IAC - 1
Source: Twitter
Sea Trials of Indian AIrcraft Carrier IAC - 1
Source: Twitter
Sea Trials of Indian AIrcraft Carrier IAC - 1
Source: Twitter
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