India starts world’s largest naval base east of Suez Canal

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India is no doubt taking leaps and bounds in the field of technology, industrialization, global advancement in economy etc., but it is also spreading its wings in advancement in defense and navy as well.  Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday commissioned INS Vajrakosh, a naval station near Karwar in Karnataka along  with INS Kadamba, which is located  20 km, away,  is now the world’s largest naval base east of the Suez Canal. Spread out over 1000 acres, the new naval base would be the home base for a quantum of the Indian Navy’s strength on the western coast.

This prestigious naval base was constructed as second phase of Project Seabird which began in 1985 by the central government. It occupies more than 600 acres of land. The Indian Navy will be positioning two aircraft carriers – INS Vikramaditya and the indigenously built INS Vikrant – over 20 submarines in underground pens and 47 warships at this naval base. Apart from  this, it will also have a Naval air station that will base the Boeing P-8i, an advanced maritime surveillance aircraft that is known as ‘Poseidon’. The facility will also feature a helicopter base.

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