The Indian Navy's fleet of aircraft carrier, landing platform docks and minesweeping is diminishing. Many of the projects are in pipeline but will take more than five years to add on. Moreover, the over flooded order book of the DPSUs and urgent requirement have persuade government to shift its focus to private players, hence, creating opportunity for private shipyards.
India's oldest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat is finally decommissioned. It was first commissioned into the British Royal Navy as the HMS Hermes in 1959 and was decommissioned in 1985. Again, after refit, the aircraft carrier was commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987. The Viraat consisted of the fighter jet, Sea Harriers, anti-submarine aircraft, Sea King Mk 42B, Harpoons, the Chetak and Dhruv helicopter and Kamov-31 aircrafts.
An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to support and operate aircraft, engaged in attacks on targets afloat or ashore and to undertake sustained operations in support of other forces. They also serve as mobile command and control centers and provide a coordinated situational awareness and analysis platform. Currently, Indian Navy is left with only aircraft carriers in service 'INS Vikamaditya' of 45,400 tonnes displacement.
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