India’s INS Vikrant Undocks at Cochin Shipyard

The largest and the first Indian indigenously-built, 40,000 tonne aircraft carrier (IAC) to be christened as INS Vikrant on comissioning was undocked yesterday, June 10, at a ceremony held at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).

The ship, being built at CSL, would be required to undergo a series of fitment and trial processes and tests before becoming a part of the Indian Navy. The following months will see major outfitting work on the ship.

Prior to its delivery to the Indian Navy, the ship has to undergo basin trials and extensive sea trials.

India's INS Vikrant Undocks at Cochin Shipyard2

The ship has a length of over 260 metres and breadth of 60 metres. It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires, capable of operating STOBAR aircraft including the indigenous 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.

Image: Indian Navy

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