New Delhi: Addressing the Marines in Karwar, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that in the near future, the Indian Navy will become the third largest Navy in the world. He also said that upon completion of Project Shipbird, Karwar will become Asia’s largest and most outstanding naval base.
Let us tell you that just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s important meeting with the leaders of Kashmir, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh left for a two-day visit to Karwar and Kochi. During this, the Defense Minister reviewed important projects related to the Navy, including Maritime Theater Command and Indigenous Aircraft Carrier.
The Defense Minister landed on the Navy’s INS Hans base in Goa directly from the capital Delhi on Thursday morning and then reached Karwar, an important strategic base in Karnataka, via helicopter. The work of the Indian Navy’s ambitious ‘Project Shipbird’ is going on in Karwar. Under this, an anchor port for 25-30 warships and submarines is being prepared.
There is a plan to establish the headquarters of the Integrated Maritime Theater Command of the Navy in Karwar itself. Under this command, all the commands of the Navy and Coast Guard, warships, submarines and aircraft will be there. The office of the Commander of Maritime Theater Command will also be in Karwar.
After Karwar, the Defense Minister visited the Southern Command of the Navy in Kochi (Kerala). During this, the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, being built by the Kochi Shipyard, is being built. Its construction is going on for many years. However, soon its sea-trial i.e. trial in the sea is likely to start. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will return to Delhi on Friday
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